With just under a month still left to go before the end of the transfer window, one can surely expect Monk to acquire the services of a few more new faces to the club, and it is believed that the Leeds’ boss is currently in the market to sign a new centre-back.
The Whites have been able to re-sign Kyle Bartley on loan from Monk's old club Swansea City but they have lost the likes of Giuseppe Bellusci and Scott Wootton, and it is clear to see that the Championship side are currently short on numbers in the central defensive position.
The likes of Joleon Lescott, Alfie Mawson, Joel Ekstrand, and Jack Hobbs are just some of the names that have been linked with a move to Leeds over the past few weeks, but the player which Leeds should really consider is Leicester City defender Liam Moore.
Moore does not seem to be in the plans of Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri and the 22-year-old all but confirmed that he will be leaving the King Power Stadium this summer after publicly revealing through social media website Twitter that he has not been awarded a squad number as of yet.
New season just around the corner. No squad number at lcfc but that's football. Hope a agreement is sorted shortly & I can get playing!!— Liam Moore (@liammoore93) August 3, 2016
In response to Moore’s tweet, Leeds United fans bombarded the post with a plea to the defender to join the Whites this summer.
@liammoore93 get on the phone to Leeds Liam we need a class CB— Stephen Highe (@steeze1) August 3, 2016
While it is not always wise to make transfer decisions based upon the sentiments of the fans, Leeds should probably listen to their supporters on this occasion and make a swoop for Moore.
Moore was regarded as one of the hottest prospects in English football not too long ago and he played a crucial role in helping Leicester claim promotion into the Premier League during the 2013-14 Championship campaign.
Evidently, Moore has not progressed as well as many had expected but one should not forget that he is still very young and it just seems like the defender is going through a confidence crisis at the moment.
Given the fact that Leicester will be competing at the highest level in Europe this season, they are unwilling to be patient with Moore. However, though he may not be ready for the Premier League, there is no reason why the defender should not be able to recapture his best form in the Championship.
Moore has already proven his credentials in the second tier of English football and under the right environment, the defender can surely prove his worth once again. The current Leeds United squad seems to be crying out for a strong centre-back and Moore certainly fits the bill.
Apart from his experience as well as his future potential, what makes Moore an even more attractive option is the fact that he has entered the final year of his contract at the King Power Stadium, and Leicester are thus unlikely to demand an extortionate amount for his services.
A fee of around £1-2 million (Leicester Mercury) has been mooted for Moore and during the current inflationary nature of the market, signing a talented English defender for such an low amount could prove to be a huge bargain for Leeds.
Leeds are likely to face competition from the likes of Reading and Bristol City (Leicester Mercury) in the race to sign Moore but if the Whites are indeed serious about putting up a genuine promotion charge during the upcoming campaign, they should leave no stone unturned to sign the former England Under-21 international.