Leeds United need strengthening in central defence.

Leeds United captain Liam Cooper is currently out of action with an injury, exposing the Whites’ need for cover.

Gaetano Berardi was sent off while deputising for him this weekend, harshly so, but the Swiss defender has not proven to be the most reliable.

With manager Marcelo Bielsa not yet ready to trust young talent Pascal Struijk, should he consider a free agent on a short term deal?

Here is a look at three out of contract players who he could consider signing…

Gabriel Paletta

Former AC Milan centre-back Gabriel Paletta is out of contract following a stint in China.

Hailing from Argentina, there would be no communication issues with manager Marcelo Bielsa. He could be an asset to the backline.

The former Liverpool youngster switched his nationality to represent Italy earlier in his career and there would be no issue with regard a work permit.

Younes Kaboul

A year ago Younes Kaboul was still a Premier League player, before his contract with Watford was terminated in December.

The 33-year-old has been without a club since, but Leeds should at least enquire over reviving the former France international’s career.

Kaboul is a leader, who could help Leeds on a short term basis, so long as they don’t expect too much.

Paul McShane

Former Reading centre-back McShane is looking for a new club after being released in June.

The Ireland international is vastly experienced, with more than 370 appearances to his name, the majority of them in the Championship.

At 33, he is a hard worker who could raise competition at Leeds and inspire others to step up their games and improve.

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