January 23, 2024

“Finite objective” Leeds lost out on a player worth £16 million, therefore they have now “turned their attention” to the 28-year-old.



This month, Leeds United hasn’t really made any headway in their quest for a new right-back.


After losing both Luke Ayling and Djed Spence earlier in the window, the Whites are looking for one, but they don’t seem to be close to bringing in a replacement just yet.


Leeds is concentrating most of its efforts on the Premier League loan market while they wait for the ideal player to become available.


£16 millionaire Neco Williams was Leeds’ top target this month, but Nottingham Forest reportedly made it very clear that he would not be leaving since he is crucial to Nuno Espirito Santo’s plans.


Ben Jacobs, speaking to Give Me Sport, claims that Leeds has realized they won’t be able to sign Williams and is now planning to turn their focus to Connor Roberts of Burnley.


Leeds focus on Roberts

Leeds will undoubtedly be active and very opportunistic, he predicted, since they are aware that some of their desired targets won’t be accessible unless there are moves at other teams. That’s the winter market’s kind of challenge.


Leeds had long admired Williams when they first saw him in the summer of 2023. Leeds is aware of his unavailability, thus he can be ruled out. Although Nuno Espirito Santo has officially stated as much, Forest makes it very evident that Williams is not available.


“Since he hasn’t started a game since October, Leeds decided to focus on Burnley’s Roberts, another Welsh full-back. He is still a tangible objective.



Although Roberts has been brought up repeatedly during the window, it is likely that this deal is not first option because it appears to be more simpler to complete than those of Ben Johnson and Williams.


Burnley is reportedly open to offers, and the 28-year-old is also keen to moving to Elland Road and reuniting with some of his Wales international teammates.


It might be time for Leeds to move forward and recruit Roberts to West Yorkshire, since Williams and Johnson both appear to be quite difficult at this point.

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