Loan deadline approaching: should Leeds United make any signings tomorrow?

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The Football League loan deadline arrives tomorrow - should Leeds United make any signings?

Almost two months after the winter transfer window ended, Football League clubs are faced with yet another deadline day tomorrow.

This time, it's the loan window that closes. Open since the beginning of February, Football League clubs have been able to add to their squad with loan players - until 5pm on Thursday, when they will have to make do with what they have until the end of the season.

It's a vital time for many clubs - teams challenging for promotion could look to make one more big signing to push them ahead of the chasing pack, whilst teams fighting relegation will be looking for a hero to rescue them.

Yet for teams stuck in the middle, it's a strange day. A team like Leeds United will be aiming to balance need and deficiencies against their budget, which would take a hit by bringing in a loan player when really, they'd have little impact in the grand scheme of the season.

Leeds boss Neil Redfearn has recently admitted that he would like to bring in a player on loan, with an eye on the long-term as well as the short-term.

It's clear that Leeds need a winger given that their squad is devoid of true width, and Redfearn may consider a move to sign a winger if he felt that the player could sign permanently in the summer.

January loan signing Granddi Ngoyi has yet to pull on a Leeds shirt so another midfielder may be at the back of Redfearn's mind, but given that Leeds aren't challenging for promotion and aren't fighting relegation, it seems unlikely that they would really push the boat out on loan deadline day.

If Leeds are to make a move, it would almost certainly be for a player who could possibly have a long-term Leeds future at the end of the loan - and that may be hard to find at this crucial stage of the season.

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