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Markovic would bring an added thrust to Leeds United in January

Markovic would bring an added thrust to Leeds United in January

Leeds United remain top of the Championship table following a hard-fought draw against second-place Middlesbrough.

Marcelo Bielsa extended his unbeaten run in the division but was forced to settle for a point with both sides unable to break the deadlock. The Whites dominated possession but couldn’t translate their dominance into a goal. The Argentine will be hoping to get back to winning ways against Millwall following the international break.

The transfer window closed with Leeds significantly strengthening their squad with numerous permanent and loan deals. Bielsa’s side look well equipped to mount a challenge for promotion and finally secure a return to the Premier League. The Argentine would be wise to keep tabs on a man who failed to find a move during the summer.

Valued at £7.2m by Transfermarkt, Lazar Markovic was finally set to end his spell at Liverpool. The Serbian joined the club back in 2014 after impressing for Benfica but failed to impress on Merseyside before being shipped out on loan. He was expected to re-join Anderlecht on deadline day for £2m, but the move collapsed.

Markovic will instead stay at Anfield where he has less than a year left on his contract and Leeds should look for a cut-price January deal. The winger enjoyed his best spell during a short stint at Hull City and moving to the Championship could be just what he needs to revitalise his career. Still only 24-years-old, there is plenty of time for him to turn his career around and become a success in England.

The Reds may be willing to offload him for free when the window reopens, and Leeds shouldn’t miss out on a bargain.

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