The deals just keep on coming for Leeds United this summer transfer window. Not content to simply sit on the team that barely missed out on the playoffs, Victor Orta and Thomas Christiansen have gone out and acquired a number of new players in various positions, with midfielder Mateusz Klich coming over from FC Twente, wingers Madger Gomes and Ezgjan Alioski from Liverpool’s Academy and FC Lugano respectively, goalkeeper Felix Wiedwald from Werder Bremen, forward Samu Saiz from Huesca, striker Caleb Ekuban from Chievo Verona, midfielder/defender utility man Vurnon Anita on a free transfer from Newcastle, and made the loan deals permanent for Pontus Jansson from Torino and Hadi Sacko from Sporting Lisbon. This is not including the Academy signatures of Rayo Vallecano’s Alejandro Machuca and Adrian Balbao from U.D. Unificación Bellvitge, both from Spain.
The deal to bring 22 year old Matthew Pennington on loan from Everton was the latest in the many moves to bolster the club’s renewed effort to gain promotion, and Leeds have been linked with a few more moves for other defenders. However, another winger joining on loan is apparently in the works.
Liverpool have accepted loan bids from Hull City and Leeds United for midfielder Ryan Kent. pic.twitter.com/6NbrPLOlsR— Transfer Centre Live (@TransferCentreL) July 19, 2017
It seems that another young Merseyside starlet has caught the eye of the brass at Elland Road. Liverpool’s Ryan Kent, who had been previously linked with a move to Leeds, is rumored to be deciding on a move to either Hull City or Leeds United, as both bids have been accepted by Liverpool.
If the bid for Kent is accepted, and why wouldn’t he come to Leeds, there will be a glut of wingers to go along with a glut of midfielders at the club. The futures of Stuart Dallas and Hadi Sacko will likely be in question if another winger comes into the club, even on loan. While Sacko’s deal was just made permanent this summer, he has to be feeling the heat as well as Northern Ireland international Dallas. Midfielder Eunan O’Kane had already been suggested as a bargaining chip in an effort to bring in defenders Matt Doherty and Danny Batth from Wolverhampton, and so perhaps one of the wingers could be on the move to add to depth in defence.
Either way, another young star will only add to the competition and quality in the Leeds squad. Of course, loan deals aren’t ideal at this point in time, but with the constraints of FFP, Leeds will likely need to look for deals like this to increase the available talent. And who knows, if Leeds are promoted, they would be able to make deals like the one for Pennington permanent as they would be able to afford the expensive fees that English clubs are looking for these days, and perhaps Kent could be in the same boat.