Leeds wanted to sign Milos Veljkovic on loan from Tottenham
Two years ago, Leeds were looking to sign Tottenham youngster Milos Veljkovic on loan as then-boss Uwe Rosler looked to bolster his options in holding midfield and in central defence (via Yorkshire Post).
That deal ultimately broke down and Veljkovic ended up joining Bundesliga side Werder Bremen in 2016, where he has since made 29 top flight appearances, suggesting that he had the talent that should have persuaded the Whites to provide the assurances of first-team football that Spurs were looking for (via Yorkshire Post).
Filip Lesniak's future with Spurs is in the air despite his recent Premier League debut
Despite missing out on that occasion, Leeds perhaps have the opportunity to learn from that mistake with current Spurs starlet Filip Lesniak's future up in the air.
According to Sky Sports' live transfer feed (May 24th, 9:41am), Lesniak is out of contract with Tottenham this summer and they are still yet to make a decision on his future as several Championship clubs get ready to make a potential move.
Although Sky Sports does not shed any light on which clubs are interested, Leeds should arguably join the chase if they are not already involved as Lesniak would arguably be an astute signing whatever happens with his Spurs contract.
Lesniak is out of contract this summer
Like Veljkovic, Lesniak is a holding midfielder who is more than capable of contributing at centre-back. While Leeds have several options in holding midfield, none - perhaps barring Ronaldo Vieira - have made themselves undroppable to Garry Monk, while strengthening at the heart of the defence is a must for the Whites in the coming months.
Lesniak clearly has potential, having recently made his Premier League debut for Spurs in the 6-1 win away at Leicester where he also contributed an assist.
Lesniak would arguably address a couple of problem areas in Garry Monk's squad
If he does leave Tottenham, then Leeds would be wise to try and bring him in on a Bosman deal, but the Whites should also maintain an interest if he does end up staying at Spurs as they may want to loan him out if they feel that that is the best decision for his development.
Lesniak seemingly has the attributes to go on and potentially follow Veljkovic's path to playing fairly regularly in a top European league, so - given that any move would not deplete the funds too much if he is available - Leeds should learn from the mistake of missing out on the Serbian two years ago and make the youngster an important target for the summer.