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2 transfer targets Leeds United should have looking ahead to 2023

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Leeds United still have some unfinished business to attend to in the transfer market despite the window shutting this week.

Victor Orta was a busy man on Thursday as the club looked to bring in final signings before the deadline shut, and while he did manage to get Willy Gnonto to the club, there were plenty of failed approaches.

It leaves Leeds somewhat short in a couple of positions thanks to ongoing injury problems, but that is now something that will have to be looked at after the World Cup, in 2023.

Here, we look at two players that we think the club should be looking at ahead of the turn of the new year and the next transfer window…

Cody Gakpo

The big name that Leeds so nearly signed on deadline day was firstly Dutch international Cody Gakpo, whom Victor Orta flew out to discuss a move with on Wednesday evening.

Having travelled back on the private jet without an agreement, Orta won’t have given up hope that signing Gakpo is possible.

After all, Andrea Radrizzani did declare that the club were going to continue trying to sign the PSV captain, albeit alongside pleas to welcome Bamba Dieng, a player who did not join the club.

Gakpo will have a World Cup to put himself in the shop window in the winter and it would be very ‘Leeds’ to see him become the next big thing with a stunning tournament, putting us out of the running.

However, we need to be in the running to sign him after putting down €45million this week.

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Kai Wagner

One of the positions that Leeds have strangely ignored is left-back.

With Junior Firpo unavailable to start the season thanks to another injury, it’s left us without a natural for the position – thankfully Pascal Struijk has been really good.

Philadelphia Union’s Kai Wagner has been frequently named as someone the club could sign after a great season in the MLS, where his side sit top of the Eastern Conference.

Insight has emerged suggesting that the player is hopeful that a deal can be pushed through in the January window after his season across the pond has concluded (via LUFCFANZONE):

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