It’s been claimed that Leeds United are monitoring Benny Couto of Oldham Athletic this January.
Leeds have just given Cody Drameh the green-light to leave Elland Road on loan, with Cardiff City the 20-year-old’s destination.
An addition at full-back, then, could suit Leeds this winter transfer window.
As per a report from The Telegraph, Leeds are monitoring Couto this month, alongside Premier League rivals Wolves.
It’s noted that it might take a £1m fee for Oldham, who ply their trade in League Two, to cash-in this winter.
Couto, 18, has made 13 appearances in League Two this season for the Latics, scoring once and registering two assists, showcasing his attacking instincts.
Despite Couto’s best efforts, Oldham sit bottom of the EFL.
Leeds’ U23 squad is stacked with talent, but they don’t have an emerging left-back, which directly impacts Leeds’ first-team given how they rely on Mark Jackson’s squad.
Someone like Couto would be an ideal signing now, ready to develop in the U23s and step into the senior side where needed.
The departure of Drameh leaves Leeds short in the full-back department in the next six months, so a deal would be welcome this January, even for the £1m fee if Leeds think Couto is worth it.
Wolves’ interest is a hurdle, of course, but Leeds should be confident of landing a deal ahead of the Molineux outfit given how they’ve provided players with the pathway to play senior football under Bielsa.