Was this the most important business Leeds did in the January transfer window?

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Leeds United were finally able to get rid of David Norris in January.

Leeds United's best piece of business in the January transfer window was to finally remove David Norris from their wage bill.

Norris and Leeds parted company after the two parties agreed to the termination of his contract, and it was, arguably, their most notable action of the transfer window.

Although the Whites brought in three players, there are doubts over all of their signings and, therefore, getting Norris off their books looks to be the most important action taken over the past month.

The experienced central-midfielder has been stagnating at Elland Road for 18 months, during which time he has failed to make a single league appearance.

It is quite a startling statistic, which highlights just how far away from the first-team he has fallen, and Norris will be as relieved as anyone to move away from the club.

It is also important for Leeds, as they are in desperate need of balancing their books. After being placed under a transfer embargo, following their failure to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations, the Yorkshire club need to cut costs and Norris' departure will aid that cause.

The 33-year-old is unlikely to have been one of their lowest earners, considering his experience prior to joining the side back in 2012, and removing his sizeable weekly wage should massively help their balance sheet.

It means that, although the news looked unimportant, it is set to have a big impact on the club in the future and may be more pivotal than any signing they completed.

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