Leeds: Orta 'will make unexpected offers' at Elland Road

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Leeds United could put in a few unexpected offers this window, according to transfer insider Dean Jones.

While Jones expects manager Jesse Marsch and director of football Victor Orta to move for players who the American is familiar with, he can also see them targeting some surprise names.

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What is the latest news involving Leeds?

Leeds have already bought two players who Marsch knows well in Rasmus Kristensen and Brenden Aaronson, with the club announcing the signing of the former on Wednesday.

Kristensen, who worked under Marsch at Red Bull Salzburg, joins on a five-year deal to bolster the Whites in the full-back position.

Speaking on his move to Elland Road, the 24-year-old told LUTV (via the club’s official website): “When I heard about the interest I looked at the project and what was going on and I was never in doubt, I was 100 per cent convinced.”

Like Kristensen, Aaronson also arrives from the Red Bull Arena, with Leeds signing the USA international for a fee of £24.7m.

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What has Jones said about Leeds?

Jones expects Leeds to make more signings like Kristensen and Aaronson and believes this transfer window will show the extent of their ambition.

The transfer insider also thinks there could be a few surprises. He told GIVEMESPORT: “We’ll discover how ambitious Leeds will be.

“I think they’ll put in a few offers that are unexpected, just to test the water, but then I also think that we’ll see Jesse Marsch leaning on players that he’s either worked with in the past or knows a lot about from his career so far so that he can build a team that is adept to play his style of play.”

Who else could Leeds sign this summer?

Marsch could make it a hat-trick of players who have worked under him at Salzburg, as Liverpool attacker Takumi Minamino is currently being linked with a move to Elland Road.

A report from BBC Sport states that the Whites are admirers of the Japan international, who could cost his next club around £17m.

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Minamino featured 22 times for the Leeds boss during their time together in Austria, scoring nine goals. It would now not be a surprise to see the Yorkshire club make a move for him.

Huddersfield Town midfielder Lewis O’Brien has also been mentioned, though The Athletic claims he is no longer a priority for them.

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