Leeds United are eyeing a move for Luton Town full-back James Justin after Marcelo Bielsa’s personal scouting mission, HITC reports.
Flying high in the Championship, Leeds United have shone under the guidance of Marcelo Bielsa and stand amongst the favourites to earn promotion to the Premier League for the first time since their relegation in 2004.
Further business is on the cards in January and Marcelo Bielsa embarked on his own scouting mission on Saturday by watching Barnsley’s 3-2 victory over Luton Town, with HITC speculating that he was keeping tabs on Luton’s Justin James.
Reports from Luton Today during the summer stated that the 20-year-old was attracting interest from Leeds and Nottingham Forest, with the latest developments suggesting the Hatters face another fight in January.
James would certainly not be an immediate first-choice option for Marcelo Bielsa down the right side of defence as he would face a battle with Luke Ayling to earn a spot in the starting XI, though it would increase the depth Leeds’ boast significantly.
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27-year-old Ayling has been a mainstay of Leeds’ side this season, featuring in all 12 Championship matches and scoring once, but the Peacocks lack recognised options beyond Ayling and an injury could derail their promotion charge.
Signing James from Luton, who are currently hovering in mid-table following their return to the third-tier, would help to erase that concern and he could establish himself as the long-term option down the right-hand side.