Three bargains for Leeds United this summer, including top six finishing freebies

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We take a look at three bargain signings Leeds United could make this summer ahead of a promotion push next season.

Leeds United supporters will be hoping that Massimo Cellino will invest in their first-team this summer; however, truth be told, no-one really knows what to expect.

The club are heading into their 11th season outside the top-flight following their relegation in 2004. A wrong many supporters will be hoping will be put right with promotion. Nevertheless, at 20/1 to win the league, it's fair to say they're not amongst the favourites to reach the top-flight. But then again, neither were Burnley last season.

We take a look at three players who could help Leeds beat the bookies and achieve an unexpected promotion next season.

1) Andrea Orlandi - Brighton and Hove Albion

The former Barcelona midfielder was one of the many casualties of Brighton's play-off defeat to Derby County this season, which given his talents was a surprise to many.

The versatile attacking midfielder played in both legs of the play-off semi-final against Derby, but couldn't stop a rampant Rams from winning 6-2 on aggregate. Nevertheless, the 29-year-old's departure from the Amex does open up the door to Leeds United this summer.

Described as cultured and creative midfielder, he played a big part in both games against Leeds this season, especially in Brighton's home game where he aided his side to a 1-0 win. Arguably, he is a player that could bring many aspects to Leeds which they were severely lacking last season.

2) Keith Treacy - Burnley

The former Preston midfielder played 27 out of Burnley's 46 league games last season, which involved some of their biggest wins of the season. In fact, he was touted as a key performer when Burnley decimated Derby 3-0 at the beginning of the season, a result which prove incredibly important in the end.

At 25, the former Republic of Ireland international arguably still has his best days in front of him and could definitely contribute a great deal to Leeds United next term. He is predominantly used in the right-wing position but can play anywhere across the midfield if needed.

3) David Lopez - Brighton and Hove Albion

In a similar fashion to Orlandi, the Spaniard is a cultured player with huge array of experience at the top level and could offer Brian McDermott a very high-quality outlet on the right side of midfield.

Lopez, in the past, was successful with Athletic Bilbao but unfortunately never picked up a winners medal. He did, however, pick up the runner-up medals in the Europa League, Copa Del Rey and Supercopa de Espana competitions between 2009 and 2012, which is certainly a sign of a player with good pedigree.

Despite being released, he made 34 appearances for Brighton last season and contributed to five goals along the way, three goals and two assists.

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