The Whites boss admitted he is struggling to bring fresh faces to the Yorkshire club
Leeds United have run up against brick walls in their pursuit of new recruits to Elland Road, Brian McDermott admitted this week. The former Reading boss was speaking in the wake of his team’s narrow 2-1 win over a ten-man Bournemouth side, with McDermott revealing a series of loan offers for Premier League players had so far been rebuffed by their respective employers.
Earlier this week, the Leeds boss admitted the club had made inquiries about the availability of former club favourite Luciano Becchio, who is currently out of favour at Premier League side Norwich City. McDermott also admitted he had been unsuccessful in securing a loan deal for Arsenal midfielder Serge Gnabry, with the Frenchman enjoying a recent run in the Gunners first team.
Leeds United are still desperate to recruit new players, but the Whites manager admitted after his team’s crucial win at Elland Road that the chances of securing loans from the top-flight were slim.
'It's very difficult to get players from the Premier League,' he told the Press Association. 'They've got squads of 25 and Premier League managers don't necessarily want to let one of those 25 go, for obvious reasons because they can't add (to their squads).'
McDermott was also seemingly keen to dismiss the idea of signing any out-of-contract stars, like the already available David Bentley, warning again the ideas as 'adding a player just for the sake of it'.
He also poured yet more cold water on the idea of a Becchio return, noting that Canaries boss Chris Hughton had already indicated that the Argentine would be required as cover for the coming season at the very least.
'He's got four strikers and if he loses one then Luciano will be involved, so that's how it is,' McDermott admitted.
The Bournemouth victory nevertheless eases the tension around the club, ending a run of four straight defeats for Leeds, pushing the team up to 11th in the Championship and just five points off the play-off places.
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