Leeds United are targeting Luke Freeman from Sheffield United, while eyeing up Barnsley’s Cauley Woodrow, according to reports.
The Sun’s Alan Nixon reported on Sunday that Leeds hold “big interest” in the Freeman in a loan or buying option.
Leeds. Taking a big interest in Luke Freeman at Sheff U. Would be a handy addition. Poss loan or buy. Not getting much chance with Blades since joining. Also looking at Woodrow at Barnsley. Difficult.— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) January 5, 2020
The Blades midfielder has made 10 league appearances and 2 cup appearances, and is without a goal or assist this season. However, last season’s goal tally hit nine while at QPR, accompanied by eight assists in all competitions.
In the previous season, Freeman assisted 13 and scored five in the Championship, with his best season coming at League One Bristol City, assisting 21 goals and scored seven in all competitions.
Freeman is a versatile midfielder, primarily playing as an attacking midfielder or winger, while also playing the odd match as a centre-forward, holding midfielder and even as a left-back. This versatility could serve him well in Bielsa’s squad, as filling roles in the midfield gives him a huge advantage in a squad that values versatility in it’s players.
The Whites are also looking into Barnsley front-man, Cauley Woodrow to replace Eddie Nketiah. The 25-year-old has scored nine goals and assisted three in 22 Championship matches, after firing Barnsley out of League One with 16 league goals. The former Fulham striker is also versatile, playing as a winger and a number 10 on a handful of occasions.
Tranfermarkt.com value Woodrow at £900,000, but we can expect the striker to cost significantly more than this figure.
In other news, Lewie Coyle is being monitored by Sunderland, with the academy graduate’s deal at Elland Road running out in the summer.