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One winner and one loser at Leeds United if Victor Orta lands multi-million pound deal

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Leeds United are seemingly keen to complete the signing of Red Bull Salzburg midfielder Brenden Aaronson during the January transfer window.

That’s after a report from The Athletic revealed that the Whites are determined to sign the 21-year-old this month, despite seeing a £15million bid for the midfielder rejected by his current club.

Having joined Salzburg back in January 2021, the American international has scored ten goals and provided ten assists in 51 appearances for the Austrian giants to date.

But what impact could it have on their current squad, if the Elland Road club are able to complete this deal?

Here, we’ve taken a look at one winner and one loser from Leeds’ current set of players, if a deal to bring Aaronson to Yorkshire is completed.

Winner: Patrick Bamford

It has been a frustrating season for Bamford so far, with injuries restricting his chances to get on the pitch and make the same sort of impact he did last season.

But with the striker now seemingly close to a return to full fitness, he will no doubt be desperate to get back out there, and help Leeds pull further clear of the relegation zone.

That is something that the acquisition of Aaronson could help Bamford to do, given the American’s creative abilities from an attacking midfield should provide the 28-year-old with plenty of opportunities to put the ball in the net, which he will surely relish after so long out.

Loser: Mateusz Klich

There can be no denying that Klcih’s form has improved over the last few weeks, but he could still be facing a challenging situation if Aaronson arrives.

Given it seems clear that Leeds will have to pay a significant amount of money if they are to sign the 21-year-old, it is hard to imagine they would then not use him, which would put Klich’s place in the side under threat, with both players naturally operating in a number eight role.

Indeed, with Klich ten years older than Aaronson, the Salzburg man would inevitably be a longer term prospect for Leeds than the Pole, meaning this could potentially give rise to some questions about his own future at Elland Road.

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UCLan Sports Journalism graduate. Have been working for Leeds All Over since summer 2020, and can only be found writing on Football League World.