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Leeds have Sasa Lukic “on their radar”

Leeds United are reportedly keeping tabs on Torino midfielder Sasa Lukic, ahead of the January transfer window.

What’s the word?

According to Dean Jones – speaking to GIVEMESPORT – the Serbian international is a player who the Elland Road outfit are monitoring at present, with the transfer insider stating:

“There are little changes going on at Leeds at the moment and it wouldn’t surprise me if they are suddenly pulled towards someone particularly like Lukic for their midfield.

“I think that is probably one that would be on their radar right now.”

This follows reports in Italy that have claimed the Yorkshire side – along with Premier League rivals Everton – are interested in securing the 26-year-old’s services, with the 34-cap sensation seemingly set cost in the region of just £13m with only 18 months left on his existing deal.

Imagine him and Adams

It would appear that Jesse Marsch and co are again looking to strengthen their midfield ranks, with the Whites having only recently overseen something of an overhaul in that department with the additions of both Marc Roca and Tyler Adams.

The latter man, in particular, has proven a particularly astute purchase for the club since his £20m arrival from RB Leipzig in the summer, with the American having already been dubbed “one of the best defensive midfielders in the league” by pundit Noel Whelan as a marker of his immediate impact.

The 23-year-old – who is currently captaining his country at the World Cup – has been a truly “aggressive” operator in the centre of the park of late, in the words of Whelan, having averaged a remarkable tally of 4.0 tackles per game from his 13 top-flight outings.

The one-time New York Red Bulls ace unsurprisingly ranks second in the division with regards to tackles (52) as a sign of his ball-winning prowess, having made a rather smooth start to life in English football.

Marsch could well be able to find a suitable partner for his compatriot in the form of Lukic, with the “outstanding” ace – as described by journalist Josh Bunting – potentially able to offer greater attacking intent alongside Adams, who has failed to score or assist this term.

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The former Partizan Belgrade man – who has spent the past six years in Turin – has scored three goals and laid on one assist in his 14 appearances in all competitions so far this season, having previously shone during the 2021/22 campaign with five goals and four assists in Serie A.

While the 6-foot machine can still offer a destructive presence at the base of the midfield – having made the most fouls in the Italian top-flight last season – the one-time Levante loanee can clearly provide great quality in the final third, with such an acquisition only set to enhance Leeds in the second half of the campaign.