Reports claim Leeds hoping to follow Liam Bridcutt deal with two further loan signings

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Steve Evans is hoping to bring as many as three new faces to Elland Road by the 5pm deadline.

The Daily Star are claiming that with hours to go until the loan window deadline, Steve Evans is desperately trying to bring three new faces to Elland Road.

As well as the deal that would see Sunderland's Liam Bridcutt join the club - which now looks more promising after previously being written off (according to the Yorkshire Evening Post) - the Star are claiming that Rotherham's Lee Camp and Rangers' James Tavernier are also on the radar.

Despite Evans' best efforts, however, it seems unlikely that either of the latter pair will be joining the club before the close of play today.

Tavernier spent seven years at Elland Road as a youngster before joining Newcastle United. Despite his connection with the club, it would be a bizarre decision for this deal to go through. 

The 24-year-old has been in fantastic form for Mark Warburton's side this season, scoring six goals in 14 appearances from right-back. Nevertheless, promotion-chasing Rangers - who have had well-publicised financial issues in recent years - are unlikely to allow a player of his calibre to move unless a considerable loan fee is involved. 

Furthermore, in terms of areas where the Leeds squad needs improving, full-back is arguably not the most urgent. While Gaetano Berardi is suspended for the next two games, Charlie Taylor is edging back to full fitness, and both Sam Byram and Scott Wootton can be utilised in that area of the pitch.

With Charlie Horton's departure and doubts over the reliability of Ross Turnbull, however, a back-up goalkeeper is a much more pressing concern for Evans. 

Marco Silvestri has pulled off some wonderful saves during his time with the Championship side, but has also been guilty of numerous mistakes, and his distribution leaves a lot to be desired. With that in mind, the prospect of knowing that he is a practically unchallenged number one may see more complacency creep into his game, which, with Leeds struggling to pull away from the bottom three, may be very damaging for the team's form over the coming months.

Lee Camp has proved over several years that he is a reliable stopper of Championship quality. However, his departure from Rotherham would leave them with just one senior goalkeeper, which may prove very costly as they try to capitalise on the win they secured at Elland Road last time out.

It is very difficult to see former Leeds boss Neil Redfearn giving this deal the go-ahead, and for Evans to secure more than one arrival on deadline day.

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