Seven strikers Leeds United can now add to summer transfer shopping list after new EU ruling

Leeds United could be permitted to sign up to four players this summer who would previously have failed to accrue the minimum required number of points for a work permit.

The development comes after the Home Office approved plans to make signings from the European Union and further afield easier following the United Kingdom’s exit from the EU.

Clubs have successfully lobbied the government to loosen restrictions on incoming signings and new legislation dictates that Premier League and Championship clubs may sign up to four new players who would ordinarily have been denied a governing body endorsement (GBE), also known as a work permit.

This includes players currently plying their trade in divisions below the top flight across Europe, leagues which do not provide an adequate number of points towards meeting the government’s threshold.

The Whites are in need of a squad rebuild this summer with several first-team players expected to depart Elland Road in the wake of relegation to the Championship. However, Leeds are expected to be one of the stronger sides in the second tier next season boosted by the cash windfall from player sales, as well as parachute payments to the tune of £45 million in the first year.

With the help of leading youth football experts Scouted Football, here are X strikers Leeds can now target from leagues across Europe.