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The biggest reason Leeds United need to make a loan signing?

Leeds United have limited time to pull off a loan deal before the deadline.

With the loan deadline expiring on Thursday, Leeds United are cutting it fine to bring in a player.

Head coach Steve Evans told the Yorkshire Post earlier this week that he hoped to secure a deal or two, with his aspirations down on the 'four' signings he told SkySports he wanted to make, earlier in the month.

Norwich City have ruled out the prospect of Kyle Lafferty leaving, while no deal has been struck for Liam Bridcutt of Sunderland, with both players turning out for their club's under-21 sides this week.

Negotiations have been ongoing regarding Bridcutt for a fortnight now and there is no breakthrough despite the fact he has little prospect at present of playing for the first team.

At this point Leeds need to make a signing, probably more for the fact of giving everybody at the club a psychological boost.

Head coach Steve Evans has made clear that he feels his squad need help, and the players would get a lift from seeing a new player come in to join, especially from a Premier League club.

That can help not only motivate competition within the side, but add belief that the powers that be at the club are willing to give them a hand.

Evans himself will want to save face after boldly stating he wants to make additions, and his relationship with owner Massimo Cellino will likely be improved if they can work together to secure a first transfer deal with one another.

Off the pitch, the fan base will also get a little enthusiasm going if the club can make a new signing, after being promised that players are coming in, to end up with none will be a big let down.

Leeds have time to turn it around but not much, and after a loss to rivals Rotherham at the weekend, adding a new striker, or even a goalkeeper to cover Marco Silvestri will help the side out heading into a busy period of the season.

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