Three free agents Leeds should consider this summer

Leeds should strengthen their squad with these three signings.

Swansea manager Garry MonkLeeds manager Garry Monk will be looking to strengthen his squad this summer

Garry Monk's appointment at Elland Road has coincided with a renewed sense of optimism emanating from the club.

The former Swansea City boss has already outlined his plans to strengthen the Leeds squad. With value in the market at a premium for the West Yorkshire outfit, and numerous high quality free agents available, here are three players who would instantly improve the Leeds squad, at minimal cost:

Joey O'Brien, 30:

West Ham's Joey O'Brien Joey O'Brien is available on a free transfer 

The experienced defender has just been released by West Ham United, and would be a fantastic acquisition for Leeds.

His versatility enables him to play anywhere across the back-line, and he would add much needed stability to Garry Monks defence.

O'Brien is a natural leader, and his experience of playing Championship football would be invaluable.

Aleksandr Hleb, 35:

Alexander Hleb - Barcelona during warm upAleksandr Hleb would bring a touch of class to Leeds

The 35-year-old Belarusian would be a a wonderful short-term signing for Leeds.

He has tremendous ability when in possession of the football, and despite his advancing years, would still be well capable of having a positive effect on the Elland Road outfit's season.

Hleb would inject a much needed touch of guile and quality into the Leeds midfield that they currently lack.

He has played for some of Europe's most elite clubs, and would bring a wealth of experience that other players would undoubtedly learn from.

Victor Anichebe, 28:

West Brom's Victor Anichebe looks dejected after missing a chance to score Victor Anichebe could help fire Leeds to the Premier League

The Nigerian international will be a coup for whoever manages to obtain his signature on a free transfer.

At just 28-years-old, the former Everton and West Bromwich Albion striker still has plenty to offer, and he is the ideal candidate to strengthen Leeds' forward options.

Anichebe is incredibly strong and has a physique built perfectly to withstand the robust nature of Championship football.

He could act as the focal point of the Leeds attack, and a move would benefit him as well as the club, as he looks to get his career back on track.

If any of these moves were to come to fruition, Leeds would find themselves in a far stronger position to challenge for promotion, as they look to return to where they feel they belong.

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