Leeds United should target Crystal Palace's Jerome Thomas in January.
Leeds United should make a January move for Crystal Palace's Jerome Thomas, after failing to bring in the winger that Neil Redfearn was hunting before the loan deadline today.
Redfearn expressed a desire to sign a winger before today's deadline a few weeks ago, but his attempts proved fruitless and they will now have no other chance to add improvements to their squad before the new-year.
That is a blow for the team, but Redfearn and Massimo Cellino are sure to be planning ahead for the January transfer window to ensure that they do not miss out on any more targets.
One signing they could make to enhance the quality of Thomas - a year after the club originally intended to.
The rapid winger has fallen out of favour at Selhurst Park and has made just one appearance for the Eagles since the start of the season.
This came in a Capital Cup win over Walsall, but it seems that Neil Warnock has already seen enough from the 31-year-old to decide that he has nothing to offer the first-team.
It means that he will likely be on the look out for a move and a switch to Elland Road is likely to be particularly appealing.
Thomas went on loan to Leeds back in 2013 and he impressed so much that the Whites attempted to secure his transfer on a permanent basis.
The lure of the Premier League was too much for the former West Bromwich Albion man, though, and he decided to move to Palace instead of staying at the Yorkshire club.
In hindsight it looks to have been an ill-informed choice, with Thomas making just nine appearances for the London club since arriving there.
He could right that wrong in January, though, and Leeds could do worse than looking at him now he is potentially available for transfer.
Thomas's skill, pace and direct approach to playing would make him a major threat in the second-tier and, given he has already proven himself at Elland Road, he could make a good potential option for the club in the new year.