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Leeds could still sign new centre-back on deadline day

Leeds could still sign new centre-back on deadline day - Leeds United News

Leeds United could still bring in a new centre-back before the January transfer window closes, according to an update on deadline day.

The Lowdown: Centre-back needed

The Whites have struggled in the Premier League so far this season, with back-to-back relegation battles looking on the cards for Jesse Marsch’s side.

Leeds have conceded 33 goals in just 19 league outings, which is more than three of the five teams below them, highlighting the need for a central defender to come in this month in order to address their issues.

While the hours are ticking by on deadline day, a positive update emerged around lunch-time that a late deal is still a possibility.

The Latest: New update emerges

According to Sky Sports reporter Tim Thornton [via Leeds All Over on Twitter], there is hope that Leeds could still sign a centre-back to replace to outgoing Diego Llorente:

It (Llorente’s exit) means LUFC are assessing their central defensive options and they are looking at potential targets today.”

The Verdict: Vital piece of business

Llorente’s exit to Roma has only heightened the importance for the Whites to make a last-gasp move for a defender, in terms of their squad depth in the second half of the season.

Granted, there is depth there at the moment, even without the Spaniard around – he has only started seven league games this season – but as many options as possible are needed in the coming months, especially if injuries occur.

It remains to be seen if Leeds can produce some late magic in the transfer market but it could ultimately make a key difference in their relegation fight, taking the burden off the likes of Robin Koch, Liam Cooper and Max Wober to remain fit and in form throughout the duration of the season.

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