Spanish newspaper Marca claim on Tuesday’s live transfer blog (16.01) that Leeds United are among a number of clubs looking to sign Mexico international and KRC Genk left-back Gerardo Arteaga.

The 23-year-old has entered the final 12 months of his contract at Genk after two years with the club – in which he has clocked up 70 appearances. Last season, he played 42 times, having a hand in six goals.

But with the 14-time Mexico star’s contract up in the air, clubs are taking a look. The report claims six clubs are tracking the left-back. They include two Premier League rivals in the form of Brighton and Fulham.

La Liga trio Betis, Villarreal, and Celta Vigo are all monitoring his situation. However, the report does say that Leeds are ‘best positioned’ to land the defender this summer.

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Leeds among clubs looking at Arteaga: Finally, a left-back

While the majority of reports on these shores state that Leeds are looking at tying up deals for Tyler Adams and Luis Sinisterra – and then a striker, a left-back should also be of concern. Not least, because Ipswich want Leif Davis.

But also, because of the injury to Stuart Dallas and the form of Junior Firpo. Dallas is likely to be out until the start of the new year. Firpo has been average at best in a Leeds shirt, since joining the club from Barcelona.

While Firpo did improve towards the end of the season, Leeds at least need competition for the defender. Arteaga fits the bill. He is between the ages of 20 and 25, but also experienced – with 177 senior club appearances to his name.

Leeds are on pole. If they can get a deal done for Arteaga, Adams, Sinisterra and then a striker, it is a window that us fans will have been dreaming of. Whether interest materialises into a signing, remains to be seen.

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In other Leeds news, we spoke to Japanese football expert Dan Orlowitz about reports linking us with Daichi Kamada.

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