Leeds United will now struggle to sign a ‘fantastic’ defender after losing the Championship play-off final

Leeds United's failure to advance will limit their options in the transfer market this summer.

Although Paraag Marathe has confirmed that funds will be available for Daniel Farke, they will be nowhere near the amount they could have spent had they increased the fund.

The Premier League has tightened its restrictions on PSR over the past year, for example by deducting points from Everton and Nottingham Forest, but the EFL's rules are still much stricter.

In the second season after relegation, severance payments will be reduced, so revenue will have to be generated in other ways, most likely by selling some key players.

Although the lucrative sponsorship deal with Red Bull gives Leeds more flexibility in the market, it will still be difficult for the club to compete with the Premier League teams.

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Journalist gives update on Leeds' interest in Ben Johnson

The free agent market could well be an interesting target for Leeds this summer, with Bobby De Cordova-Reid among the players who have been discussed so far.

But whether they can pull off such deals will likely depend heavily on whether they can compete against Premier League clubs that can offer higher salaries and top-class football.

West Ham United defender Ben Johnson falls into this category, with Leeds also considering a transfer for him in January.

Although the Hammers say they are still in talks over a new contract, Johnson is expected to leave on a free this month after rejecting several offers for a new deal.

However, you only speak with LeedsUnited.NewsTransfer expert Graeme Bailey said it would be difficult for Leeds to lure him to the Championship due to his salary demands.

He said: “I would be surprised if Ben Johnson dropped to the Championship, to be honest. Given the salary he wanted, I don't think he would get that in the Championship.

“It’s different with Leeds because they still get money from the Premier League and Red Bull. There’s still parachute money, so Leeds can offer more than a lot of Championship clubs.

“You can imagine Leeds are looking for a player like that, but it will be difficult to convince him to leave the Premier League.”

West Ham expert gives verdict on Johnson for Leeds

Johnson only started four games for West Ham in the last Premier League season, but earned “fantastic” praise from David Moyes after a win at Wolves in April.

But according to West Ham experts Tony Martin At Hammers News, Johnson's development has declined significantly over the last few seasons and his lack of playing time is no great surprise.

He said: “He was rated incredibly highly when he came through but he has dropped off a lot in the last two years. Very frustrating because he has all the right things. Looked like the right guy but is now a shadow of his former self.”

“His positional awareness is absolutely abysmal, he has a tendency to fall asleep during games. It's no surprise that he has only played 530 minutes for us in the Premier League this season.”

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