Steve Evans gives insight into Leeds United's budget for the summer transfer window

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Steve Evans has made three signings at Leeds United to date.

Steve Evans has told BBC Radio Leeds that Leeds United will not have mega money to spend in the summer, but he does expect to be backed with funds.

Leeds managed to pick up a 0-0 draw with Middlesbrough in their most recent outing, and Aitor Karanka’s side had a £9 million man up-front in Jordan Rhodes.

And, while Evans admits that Leeds simply cannot compete with that sort of spending, he does expect to have some money to spend as he attempts to mould a squad at Elland Road.

“I’ve always said would we spend that type of money in the summer? Not £8 million, £9 million, no. I’m not here to tell a fairytale to supporters,” Evans said.

“But would I say if we were top of the league on the last day of January to bring a special player in? 100 per cent.

“The investment will be there in the summer. Good players will arrive. I’m here to build something.”

Leeds were frustrated in the January transfer window, as they were only able to secure the additions of three players.

Toumani Diagoura joined on a permanent deal from Brentford, while Mustapha Carayol and Liam Bridcutt signed on loan from Middlesbrough and Sunderland respectively.

Leeds are already making plans to make sure that the summer transfer window is a more productive one, though.

“There is players that we have had discussions with representatives [about],” Evans said. "Your list is never complete, because you never know what players will become available in the summer, but good players have been targeted.”

Evans has guided Leeds into 16th place in the Championship table, with the Yorkshire side’s next match Watford in the FA Cup fifth round on Saturday.

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