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Latest Leeds transfer news – Exciting forward eyed; worrying Gnonto update

It feels like the summer transfer window only just closed, but that just means we are getting closer to the January transfer window when the crazy merry-go-round kicks off yet again.

For Leeds United, the summer window was a challenging period to navigate. At certain points, the situation was looking more than a little bleak, but some last-minute deals and some good work by Daniel Farke left the Whites in a much better position than many thought was possible.

After a stuttered start to their Championship campaign, they’ve started to settle into their new surroundings, and currently lie within the play-off positions.

With the winter window only a few months away, Football FanCast has begun gathering the latest transfer rumours about all the possible incomings and outgoings that you can expect at Elland Road come January.

Players Leeds signed this summer


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Having dropped out of the Premier League ahead of the 2023/24 campaign, it was only natural for the Whites to find it difficult to keep hold of some of their key assets this summer. However, the club may not have anticipated so many of their new signings to depart so quickly.

That said, Daniel Farke has also seen several players come through the door. The Peacocks have even looked to the Premier League for players to bolster their hopes of instantly returning to the top flight.

Indeed, Leeds have used their contacts in north London to take two players off Tottenham Hotspur on a season-long loan deal, with Joe Rodon and Djed Spence both making the move north over recent weeks.

Welsh international Ethan Ampadu also opted to swap the capital for West Yorkshire earlier in the summer, moving to Elland Road in a deal said to be worth £7m. The 23-year-old has an enormous amount of experience under his belt for a player of his age, primarily from spending a season on loan with Sheffield United in the Premier League and two seasons on loan in Serie A, one with Venezia, and one with Spezia.

That kind of experience should prove invaluable to a Leeds side looking for some stability this season.

The midfield has also been reinforced this summer with Arsenal youth product Glen Kamara joining Farke’s project alongside Bulgarian international Ilia Gruev, who left Werder Bremen after coming through the club’s youth setup.

However, as impressive as the club’s recruitment has been given the circumstances, it’s hard to look past new striker Joel Piroe as the most essential addition to the squad. The Dutch forward has been one of the best players in the Championship for quite some time now.

In his two seasons at Swansea City, the 24-year-old started 83 league games and scored a seriously impressive 41 goals, which just about works out to around a goal every other game – exactly the sort of output Farke will be needing from his attackers if he wants them to get back into the Premier League at the first time of asking.

Player

From

Fee

Joel Piroe

Swansea City

£12m

Ethan Ampadu

Chelsea

£7m

Glen Kamara

Rangers

£5m

Karl Darlow

Newcastle United

£400k

Ilia Gruev

Werder Breman

Undisclosed

Sam Byram

Norwich City

Free

Djed Spence

Tottenham Hotspur

Loan

Joe Rodon

Tottenham Hotspur

Loan

Players Leeds sold this summer


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After their relegation to the Championship, Leeds endured something of an exodus of first-team players, all searching for a side that could offer them top-flight football this season.

Despite a swathe of departures over the last couple of months, the Whites have struggled to bring in much in terms of revenue for their assets.

In fact, Leeds’ only significant sale this summer in terms of the fee has been Tyler Adams‘ £20m move to Bournemouth, which has subsequently made up much of the club’s income this summer. While the fee is certainly a healthy one for a player who was just relegated from the top flight, we’re sure Farke would have rather kept the American as he would have been excellent in the Championship.

Unfortunately for the new owners, many of the first-team players signed in the last couple of seasons had clauses in their contracts allowing them to leave on loan should the club be relegated, which is precisely what has happened.

That said, the one positive in terms of exits is that Wilfried Gnonto has remained at the club despite his move to Everton, looking near enough certain at points this summer, meaning the Fake can at least rely on the talented teenager this year as he looks to guide the club back to the Premier League.

Player

To

Fee

Tyler Adams

Bournemouth

£20m

Rodrigo

Al-Rayyan

£3m

Robin Koch

Eintracht Frankfurt

Loan

Maximilian Wober

Borussia Monchengladbach

Loan

Tyler Roberts

Birmingham City

£400k

Adam Forshaw

Norwich City

Free

Joel Robles

Al-Qadisiyah

Free

Brenden Aaronson

Union Berlin

Loan

Jack Harrison

Everton

Loan

Rasmus Kristensen

AS Roma

Loan

Sonny Perkins

Oxford United

Loan

Marc Roca

Real Betis

Loan

Sam Greenwood

Middlesbrough

Loan

Cody Drameh

Birmingham City

Loan

Players Leeds could sign in January


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Transfer news regarding incomings at Elland Road have been pretty few and far between following the chaos that unfolded over the summer.

However, Leeds chief executive Angus Kinnear did confirm that funds will be available to Daniel Farke should his squad suffer any injuries:

“Funds, if needed in January, due to injury, will be available. The greater value in January will be from the loan market, (and) have deliberately kept two loan spots free,” Kinnear said at the September meeting of the club’s Supporter Advisory Board.

Ali Al-Hamadi – AFC Wimbledon: According to TEAMtalk, Leeds United are one of several clubs interested in AFC Wimbledon’s Iraqi forward, Ali Al-Hamadi.

According to the publication, the Whites will have to battle it out with Derby County, Sunderland and Blackburn Rovers to secure the 21-year-old’s signature this January.

While there is no reliable report of the cost of this potential deal, Wimbledon are said to want more than the £1.2m they received for selling Ayoub Assal to Qatari side Al-Wakrah in January.

Al-Hamadi played for Wycombe Wanderers in League One before moving to Wimbledon, and while the standard in the fourth tier is obviously lower than where Leeds would usually be looking, the striker has been impressive.

Last season, he scored ten goals in 15 league starts; this year, he already has four in 13 starts. He won’t necessarily blow the Championship right away, but the talent is clearly there.

Players who could leave Leeds in January


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Wilfried Gnonto: According to Italian publication CorrieredelloSport.iT, Serie A side Lazio are one of several clubs that have been linked with a move for Leeds United winger Wilfried Gnonto.

The publication claims that the young Italian ‘wants to leave Leeds’; therefore, a move back to his home country and the capital is possible.

The report also states that the price would be in the region of €20m – about £18m – which seems remarkably low considering the £25m offer Everton were said to have made in the summer.

It could be argued that Gnonto’s reduced game time this season – he has started just six games – has contributed to his reduced price tag, but £20m still seems too low.

Keep your eyes on this one; we could have another Gnonto saga in just over a month.

Harry Gray: According to TeamTalk, Manchester City are plotting another raid on Leeds United as they line up an offer for the sensational Harry Gray.

The report has revealed that just days after agreeing to a deal that will see Finlay Gorman move to City, the Premier League champions are now looking to sign his equally gifted teammate.

The Peacocks are understandably reticent on seeing two of their most promising youngsters agree to join the same side in a matter of days. While they would likely receive a reasonable level of compensation, it’s easy to understand why.

Luckily for them, TeamTalk has also reported that the Gray family are in no rush to move to a new club and are, in fact, likely to tell Harry to turn down any such opportunity, at least for now.

The Gray family has a strong historical tie to the club, with Harry’s father, grandfather, and great-uncle all playing for Leeds in the past.

Harry’s brother, Archie, currently plays for the side, so it does seem like the Whites might be able to keep this talented youngster for a little while longer.

Finlay Gorman: According to Phil Hay and Sam Lee of The Athletic, Leeds United’s exciting youngster Finlay Gorman is now set to join Manchester City.

The publication has revealed that a ‘seven-figure fee’ has been agreed between the sides, which supposedly breaks the record for a player of his age.

The 15-year-old has been attracting the interest of the game’s biggest clubs for a few months now, and while the deal between City and Leeds isn’t entirely finalised, the move is complete for all intents and purposes.

While the Peacocks won’t be happy with losing such a promising player, the significant fee and promise of future income based on his performances will at least soothe the pain.

Gorman won’t be eligible to sign his first professional contract until he turns 17 in September 2005.

Marc Roca: According to reports from Spain (via LeedsLive), La Liga side Real Betis are ‘keen’ to exercise the clause in Marc Roca’s loan deal, which would see him join on a permanent basis.

The report reveals that Betis have been so impressed with the on-loan Leeds man that they are now prepared to trigger the clause in his contract.

The option would see the Spanish side pay around £10.4m to Leeds, meaning that the club would have essentially recovered their initial investment as they paid £10m to sign the Spaniard from Bayern Munich last summer.

The move feels like a positive for all parties involved, as the report also reveals that Roca wants the move, and considering he has started 11 La Liga games already this season – scoring two goals, providing one assist and winning five matches – it’s easy to understand why.

It is a shame that he couldn’t replicate those performances in West Yorkshire, as there is clearly a talented player in there.

How Leeds could line up in January


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Well, transfer links have been pretty sporadic so far, but the return of Kalvin Phillips would surely see him slot straight into the starting XI come January.

That move seems pretty unlikely given the financial means it would require, but if the former Whites player does return in an emotional homecoming, it will be a massive statement of intent from the Peacocks in their promotion push.

Farke’s men currently sit third, eight points adrift of second-placed Ipswich Town, who occupy the final automatic promotion spot behind league leaders Leicester City.

So after a stuttered start to the campaign, the West Yorkshire club have their work cut out in order to bridge the gap, and could dip into the transfer market for further reinforcements this winter.

Potential Leeds XI: Meslier; Ayling, Rodon, Struijk, Byram; Phillips, Gray; Summerville, Piroe, Gnonto; Rutter.

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