Leeds United could soon have a few million to spend if they see fit.
According to a recent report from the Yorkshire Evening Post, Leeds United are set to receive just over £3million from West Ham United for Sam Byram; less than the £3.7million Everton were allegedly willing to pay but still enough to bring some new players in at Elland Road if owner Massimo Cellino is prepared to do so.
So who could Leeds sign with the money when Byram completes his expected move this week? Here we take a look at three options:
The most obvious first, Norwich City striker Kyle Lafferty has long been linked with a move to Leeds and while the Canaries were reportedly holding out for a permanent deal rather than a loan switch the Whites will soon have the cash to make that happen.
Leeds may still not want to spend big on a 28-year-old who has played so little first-team football this season, so what chance the Whites using some of the funds generated by Byram’s sale to pay some or all of Lafferty’s wages for the second half of the campaign and bring him in on loan?
According to the Daily Mail among others Leeds are also targeting Celtic midfielder Tom Rogic, and while the Bhoys will not want to part company with one of their key players (as he has become this season) the Whites now have the money to send a tempting offer their way.
Rogic is a wonderful player who has fought his way back from injury in impressive fashion and there is little doubt he would excel at Elland Road.
For now Liam Bridcutt is on loan from Sunderland but at the end of the season all parties have a decision to make.
With little chance of playing his way back into contention at the Stadium of Light the midfielder is likely to move on permanently, and having seen how quickly he transformed Leeds’ midfield surely manager Steve Evans will want to sign him outright.
If Leeds hold some of the Byram money back for that it would be a smart piece of business and ensure Bridcutt does not head out to a Championship rival.