Leeds United are keeping a watchful eye on Oxford United midfielder Cameron Brannagan ahead of a potential move for him in the summer transfer window, according to the Football Insider.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side are having to cope without the loss of Adam Forshaw with the midfielder having to have surgery on a hip injury which has caused him to miss most of the season, which means that Leeds have at times been short of cover in the midfield area this term.
The Whites though did not bring in a new midfielder in the January transfer window, with Bielsa instead focusing on the options he has in his current squad, as he looks to guide the club to promotion to the Premier League, but Leeds could decide to strengthen their options in the middle of the pitch in the summer.
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It is thought that Leeds sent scouts to watch Brannagan in action for Oxford in their 3-0 win over Accrington Stanley on Tuesday night, and the 23-year-old, who has been an impressive performer for the League One side throughout the season, could potentially be one of the Whites’ transfer targets come the summer transfer window.
Brannagan has demonstrated that he has the potential to play at a higher level with his performances so far this campaign, with the midfielder having scored five goals and registered six assists in 28 League One appearances for Oxford so far, which shows he could add a real extra attacking threat for the Whites.
The midfielder has also averaged 49.7 passes per game with an accuracy of 85.8%, according to Whoscored, which shows he would be the right sort of midfielder to come in and perform well at the heart of Bielsa’s side were he to arrive at Elland Road.
This would be a very wise addition for Leeds, with Brannagan having demonstrated his potential and quality consistently for Oxford since he joined the League One club from Liverpool back in January 2018 – and this season he has been instrumental to Karl Robinson’s sides push for the play-offs.
The 23-year-old offers the sort of technical ability on the ball that would make him an ideal option for Bielsa’s side, while he also has plenty of potential to be developed further under the Argentine as he has done with a host of other players during his time in charge at Elland Road.
Brannagan is likely to be on the radar of a couple of clubs during the summer due to his impressive form at Oxford, so Leeds might need to move swiftly to ensure that they bring him to the club, and were the Whites to secure promotion then the prospect of playing in the Premier League might be too good to turn down for the midfielder.
This is sort of signing that Leeds will be needing to add some extra options and quality to their midfield next term, and Brannagan is the right age to offer the prospect of being a long-term option for the Whites over the next few seasons were he to arrive at Elland Road.