Leeds want big-name midfielder, free-transfer defender in January

Date published: Friday 9th October 2020 11:03 - Matthew Briggs

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Leeds United are interested in a midfielder and a defender ahead of the January transfer window, claim reports.

After adding Rodrigo Moreno, Robin Koch, Diego Llorente, Raphinha, Victor Orta is already looking at January recruits for Marcelo Bielsa.

And another central defender and a midfielder appear to be on the agenda.

Valencia midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia is reportedly of interest to Leeds, but Atletico Madrid are also chasing the 27-year-old.

La Liga journalist Hector Gomez believes both clubs are actively chasing the Frenchman, who looks unsettled in Spain.

Gomez says that Kondogbia wants out of Valencia, with Atletico looking for a replacement for Thomas Partey.

Leeds are also looking for some depth to their midfield though and Kondogbia, who will enter into the final year of his contract next summer, could fit the bill.

Kongdogbia has been an ever present in the five LaLiga games this season after making 34 appearances in all competitions last season.



Free-transfer interest

Meanwhile, Bielsa is also understood to be interested in a move for Ghanian defender Stephan Ambrosius.

Ghana Soccer Net report that Leeds tried to sign him this summer. However, their efforts for the 21-year-old Hamburg man were in vain.

Orta though has not given up on the player, who has represented Germany at youth level.

What makes the player more attractive is that he is out of contract next summer and so available for free next season.

The Bundesliga II side are “desperate” to get Ambrosius to extend his deal until 2024.

Leeds though could sign a pre-contract agreement in January and pick up the player next summer for free.

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