Rolando Aarons may have struggled for minutes for Newcastle over the last couple of years, but it may have still taken some Magpies supporters by surprise when the Daily Mirror reported on their live transfer blog (4th December 2017; 15:06) that there are a number of sides chasing a cut-price deal for the winger.
It is not clear whether Newcastle will actually be willing to sanction the 22-year-old's exit, but the Mirror reported that Aston Villa, Crystal Palace and Huddersfield Town were all keen on the wide-man.
If Aarons is indeed available however, then surely Thomas Christiansen should consider trying to bring the former England under-20 international to Elland Road as he could arguably be a great addition to the Leeds squad as they look to try and battle for promotion out of the Championship.
The first-choice trio who have played just off the striker for the Whites have been fantastic lately, with Samuel Saiz continuing to prove that he is destined to play at the highest level at some stage, while Pablo Hernandez and Gjanni Alioski are also enjoying arguably their best spells of their Leeds careers right now - though, of course, the latter only arrived in the summer.
Behind those three however, Leeds surely do not have the depth that Christiansen would like. Stuart Dallas and Kemar Roofe have generally done well when given a chance, but the likes of Pawel Cibicki and Jay-Roy Grot have struggled to make an impact since arriving, and Hadi Sacko looked incredibly rusty when he got onto the pitch against Aston Villa on Friday night.
Aarons is undoubtedly an exciting talent and could be a great option to have for most Championship bosses if he was available for a transfer in January. And with Leeds arguably needing more quality in wider areas, Christiansen would perhaps be making a mistake if he did not join the race and allowed the youngster to head elsewhere as there have got to be questions - especially after last season - regarding whether Leeds have the depth to cope if some of their key players go off the boil.