The Sun on Sunday (22/07, page 58) have reported that Leeds United are preparing a bid for Oldham’s versatile young defender Tom Hamer.
The Sun claims that an initial bid of £200,000 will be made for the 18-year-old but any deal will also include add-ons. Hamer plays the majority of his football at right-back but can also play centre-back, meaning he could fit in to a number of positions in Marcelo Bielsa’s favoured 3-3-1-3 formation.
After breaking into the first team at Oldham last season, the young Englishman managed a goal and an assist in the seven games he appeared in as the Latics were relegated to League Two.
However, with no disrespect to Hamer who is a fantastic young player and clearly a big talent, Leeds fans will be hoping that the club targets a bigger name who can come straight into Bielsa’s starting line up as the club currently looks short of defensive players.
With the appointment of the widely-respected Bielsa as their new boss this summer, fans of the West Yorkshire side will have been expecting more signings than just youngsters Jamal Blackman and Lewis Baker on loan from Chelsea.
Leeds currently have just Liam Cooper, Pontus Jansson and Conor Shaughnessy as the recognised centre-backs in their squad and they should look to add to this by targeting Federico Fernandez from Swansea City.
According to The Sun, Newcastle are keen on bringing the Argentine defender to St James’s Park this summer, and he can be bought for just £6m following Swansea’s relegation to the Championship last season, although the Magpies would prefer a loan deal.
If Leeds could hijack Newcastle’s potential deal, the pull of playing under Bielsa may be too difficult to resist for Fernandez, even with a Premier League offer on the table.
Signing the 29-year-old would certainly be a coup for Leeds though, as an Argentina international he has played 32 times for his country and chipped in with three goals. He also captained the Swansea side for the majority of last season as Angel Rangel failed to get in the side.
A move for Fernandez would be a long shot for Leeds but it is surely one that has no real negatives and would prove to the fans that owner Andrea Radrizzani is serious about securing promotion to the Premier League.