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The problem with Leeds' reported Serie A and Ligue One transfer targets

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Leeds United are being linked with some top quality players from Serie A and Ligue One, but there's a problem.

Leeds United are being linked with some decent quality players with the January transfer window closing in, as head coach Neil Redfearn seeks ways to boost his squad over the second half of the season.

There is a feeling that Leeds need to be in a better Championship position than they currently are with the worrying danger of dropping back down into League One becoming more and more of a possibility.

Leeds have a very big squad and should have enough quality to avoid the drop, with three points later on against Derby likely to help them to a more favourable position before the club welcomes in 2015.

Redfearn has already been quite open about the transfer situation at Leeds and the way the club recruits new players, with Leonardo Pavoletti expected to join on a loan deal with a view to a permanent move in the summer.

There has also been talk of players like Emiliano Sala of Bordeaux and Rene Khrin of Inter Milan making moves to Elland Road.

On the surface they seem like great acquisitions, but the problem, as Leeds look to pull clear of the bottom places in the Championship, is that none have experience of the division they could be moving to.

They’re top quality players but it’s doubtful that they have the fight and grit to get involved in a scrap to avoid a battle in the lower half of the table, if that’s the way Leeds’ season pans out from January onwards.

The Championship is a very competitive and physical division, especially with the teams in the lower half of the table.

If Redfearn had complete control over transfers, it’s doubtful that he’d be going after the same sort of players, perhaps preferring to sign players who know the division and can inject that experience into what is a very young team.

There’s an awful lot of pressure on the talented youngsters at the club and experienced Championship players would be able to deflect that away from the likes of Lewis Cook, Alex Mowatt and several others, allowing them to focus on playing good football and winning games.

The longer Leeds are in the bottom half of the table, the more the pressure will build and cracks could start to appear in those younger stars, which would be avoided with the arrival of solid Championship players as opposed to foreign stars, which represent a gamble at a time the club needs stability.

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