LEEDS United have signed twins from Doncaster Rovers with a view to the future as head coach Steve Evans turns his attention to boyhood heroes Celtic for more immediate gains in the transfer window.
Glasgow-born twins striker Jack and central defender Paul McKay, who have recently been on trial at West Ham, have penned two-and-a-half-year deals and are expected to develop with the Under-21s.
Jack said: “It’s a massive club. As soon as I heard Leeds wanted to bring us here, I said ‘yes’ straight away. I’ve played with my brother for a long time and we know each other’s game well.
“It works especially well with him being at the back and me being up front. I can make runs and I don’t even have to call for the ball from him.”
Of more pressing concern, Evans knows he need to increase his fire-power if Leeds are to challenge for a Championship play-off position and could have found the answer in Celtic’s £1m-rated No 10 Tom Rogic, 23.
The Scottish Premiership champions paid £400,000 to bring Rogic to Scotland from Australia in January 2013 but his initial impact was restricted by injury and Celtic sent him on loan to Melbourne Victoria in 2014.
He has started all but three of Celtic’s league matches this season, however, and scored five goals.
Evans refused to comment on Rogic when contacted by The Yorkshire Post but Leeds are understood to value him in the region of £1m.
United have completed two deals in the January window, landing Liam Bridcutt on loan from Sunderland and Mustapha Carayol on loan from Middlesbrough.
Rogic spent his earliest years in the Australian leagues and was playing for Central Coast Mariners when Celtic moved into sign him. He has been capped 13 times by Australia’s national side.
Any hopes Leeds had of signing Aberdeen goalkeeper Danny Rogers look over after Liverpool recalled Danny Ward from Pittodrie.
Leeds had shown interest in England striker Peter Crouch, who, however, now says he wants to fight for his place at Stoke, having scored in Saturday’s FA Cup third round win at Doncaster.
A move for Norwich City striker Kyle Lafferty by Leeds has also fallen by the wayside after the Canaries refused a loan move as opposed to a permanent deal.
Norwich’s £8m sale of former Rotherham United striker Lewis Brabban to Bournemouth now means they are likely to retain Lafferty, especially with Gary Hooper expected to make permanent his loan move to Sheffield Wednesday.
Norwich have also cooled interest in Leeds star Sam Byram, who is out of contract in the summer, having recruited Portuguese right-back Ivo Pinto from Dinamo Zagreb.