Transfer speculation is a constant at Leeds United, and some of the same names are cropping up once again with the Whites on the brink of relegation.
It’s hard to get too excited about the transfer links emerging for Leeds at the moment, given the lack of director of football to make these reported deals go through.
However, with relegation looking near to a certainty this weekend, links have already started to emerge to some familiar names at Elland Road.
Who has been linked?
There are three faces that cannot go through a single transfer window without being touted for a move to West Yorkshire.
The first of those is Rangers winger Ryan Kent, per TEAMtalk, who is set to leave Ibrox upon the expiry of his contract in the coming weeks, while the same outlet also claims of Leeds’ ongoing interest in signing Southampton striker Che Adams.
Leeds made three bids for the Saints striker back in January 2020 when looking for added firepower to achieve promotion, and have been linked ever since.
The third name entering the rumour mill is Wolves’ Adama Traore, per Ben Jacobs, who is also out of contract in the summer and likely to be leaving Molineux.
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Should Leeds be looking at any of these three?
The short answer to this question is that Leeds should absolutely be steering well clear of these three names, even if they’ve shown in flashes that they can be good players.
None of these three have had good seasons thus far, and while they might present decent value for money, there are so many better and younger options than two 26-year-olds and a 27-year-old.
You especially have to take these links with a pinch of salt when you factor in the aforementioned absence of a director of football.
Orta worked with Marcelo Bielsa to formulate interest in these three players in previous windows, wanting Kent before he moved to Rangers, wanting Adams in 2020, and Orta’s Middlesbrough link to Traore is where that likely stems from.
As we look ahead to a new director taking his place, these three players are surely not going to come into the club’s thought process.