Leeds United have endured many mediocre seasons in the past few years, once upon a time they were fighting in the top league of English football but are now struggling in the second tier. After the appointment of Gary Monk their fans should be excited, he is a very good young manager, he is very good tactically and gets his team to play football the right way, a squad overhaul will certainly take place down at Elland Road this summer and we take a look at three deals that are currently in the pipe line.
1 – Joel Ekstrand
According to reports, Leeds United have offered Joel Ekstrand a contract with the club, after the former Premier League player was released from Watford.
Ekstrand is on the hunt for a new club following his departure form Watford, were he enjoyed two very successful seasons with a third season a total nightmare.
The centre-back suffered a cruciate knee injury in March last year and didn’t feature once for the London club in the Premier League.
New Watford manager Walter Mazzarri doesn’t see Joel Ekstrand in his plans and has allowed the player to look for a new club this summer after not renewing contract.
Joel Ekstrand moved to Watford in 2013 on a one year loan deal, Watford were impressed and then made the deal permanent the following season, he has gone on to play 51 games for the club scoring one goal and was part of Watford’s promotion to the Premier League.
The 27-year-old has also been capped twice by Sweden.
Ekstrand is said to be attracting a lot of interest from a host of Championship clubs including Leeds, Reading and Bristol City.
Reports suggest Leeds and Reading have both moved a step closer in their pursuit for Ekstrand and have both offered the Swedish international a contract.
Speaking about his release from Watford, Ekstrand said: “I’m sad to be leaving in this manner, without having played any games for a while.
“But I hope some of you remember that I gave my all for the club, and I hope to see you again someday.”
Gary Monk has a job on his hands this summer and is eyeing a very good first season in the Championship, if they managed to get Ekstrand over the line he will become Monk’s second signing after capturing the signature of Striker Marcus Antonsson