Five possible Leeds transfer targets as desire for 'experienced midfielder' is revealed

Leeds United sporting director Nicola Salerno has admitted that the club want to sign an experienced midfielder.

The January transfer window is closing in, and Leeds United are now expected to sign two players after sporting director Nicola Salerno revealed the club's interest in signing a central midfielder.

"Soon we will talk about it [January], but we have to try to work out what to do", Salerno told Tutto Mercato. "We can't do that much, but we will make targeted moves."

"We are lacking going forward. We will take a striker and also a midfielder with experience," he added.

With youngsters Alex Mowatt and Lewis Cook in midfield, adding some experience to protect the back four away from home is key, and here are five potential targets for Leeds that fit the bill.

Dean Hammond, Leicester

Hasn't featured for the Foxes for almost two months now, and with Leicester struggling for quality, Hammond could well be allowed to leave in January. The 31-year-old has impressed with Brighton and Southampton in the past, and has strength and energy to not only protect the back four but also get forward and track runners.

Mikele Leigertwood, Free Agent

Recently linked with Nottingham Forest, Leigertwood is only without a club because of a recent ankle injury, and could be a shrewd signing for Leeds. At 32, Leigertwood has bags of experience in the Football League, and is known as a powerful player who loves a tackle.

Romain Vincelot, Leyton Orient

The Frenchman was strongly linked with a move to Leeds over the summer, and it would be little surprise to see the Whites return with a bid for the Leyton Orient star in January. Vincelot, 28, is a never-say-die kind of player, who has surprising physicality for his size, and can also play at centre back.

Massimo Donati, Bari

You can't really suggest Leeds signings these days without mentioning Italians! The influence of Salerno and Massimo Cellino means that Serie A and B will be looked at for talent, and former Celtic midfielder Donati could be open to a move back to Britain with Bari hovering in 17th place in Serie B. With the ability to play in defence too, the 33-year-old ex-AC Milan midfielder would be a great addition for Leeds.

Matteo Brighi, Sassuolo

The 33-year-old has started just four games for Sassuolo this season, and with Leeds reportedly in negotiations with Sassuolo over striker Leonardo Pavoletti, they could try to land Brighi too. An experienced head with a well-rounded game, Brighi may want to try his hand at English football before his career ends.

Given their previous interest in him, Vincelot would be odds-on at this point, but you can never rule out more Italians arriving at Elland Road under this regime.

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