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A potential summer target for Leeds from every Premier League club - Part 1

The Championship side may decide to start turning their attention to the summer already.

With Leeds' play-off hopes and relegation fears both seemingly all but over, the Whites may already start to turn their attention to their summer plans in the hope of giving themselves the best chance of putting themselves in play-off contention at this time next year.

With that in mind, here is the first of four lists of players - one from each Premier League club - that United may want to target during the next window, either on loan or as a permanent signing.


Ainsley Maitland-Niles is no stranger to the Championship having spent the season on loan with Ipswich Town. His form for the Tractor Boys has been impressive, but may not be good enough to force his way into Arsene Wenger's plans, giving the attacking strength the Gunners already have. That may mean that another loan move may be on the cards for the winger, and given Leeds' struggles with wingers in recent years, his versatility would make him a player that should feature on the club's list of targets if he becomes available.

Aston Villa

The Villains' seemingly inevitable relegation means that it is very difficult to know which players will still be at the club following the end of the season, and which of those remaining players will be in their plans. Considering he hasn't played for the club since 2013, Gary Gardner could be a good option to pursue. His ability to play just in front of the back four could prove especially useful if United are unable to reach any kind of agreement regarding Liam Bridcutt's future at Elland Road.


Like Maitland-Niles, Ryan Fraser is currently enjoying a promising loan spell at Ipswich. His four goals in the Championship highlights that he is not just a winger that is constantly looking to get down the line, and given how predictable Leeds have been at times this term, that variety in his game could give the side an extra dimension. The biggest problem regarding a deal could be whether Eddie Howe - who has had no fear throwing younger or unproven players into the first-team - decides that he wants the 22-year-old at Dean Court next term.


Tomas Kalas has plenty of Championship experience, and is a reliable performer at that level having spent a considerable amount of time on loan at Middlesbrough. He is comfortable playing in central defence or at right-back which would make him an excellent loan addition given the problems that Leeds' back four have endured this term.

Crystal Palace

Dwight Gayle may be an ambitious target for the Leeds hierarchy to pursue given that he has had chances at Selhurst Park under Alan Pardew. However, if the club hope to mount a serious promotion bid next term, he is surely the kind of striker that the team needs to be going after in the hope that he sees potential in what the club can achieve. His pace would make a potential partnership with Chris Wood something that could cause Championship defenders all kinds of problems.

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