Leeds have loved a blistering begin to the season, recently sitting joing-top of the Championship along Wolves and Cardiff.
The Yorkshire membership face a difficult commute to Cardiff this night (7.45pm) to stand Neil Warnock’s fellow pace-setters.
But Leeds boss Thomas Christiansen is already taking a look to beef up his facet within the January transfer window.
The MailOnline say Leeds are following Merida’s development at Osasuna and feature despatched scouts to look at him in motion this season.
Merida shot to prominence at Arsenal after being tipped to observe within the footsteps of compatriot Cesc Fabregas after leaving Barcelona for London.
Arsene Wenger as soon as described the Spaniard as “an absolutely amazing player” however he didn’t fulfil his possible on the Emirates and left for Atletico Madrid in 2010.
Now 27, Merida has had a journeyman-like profession enjoying within the Spanish 2nd department for Hercules earlier than a yr with Brazilian outfit Atletico Paranaense and a spell with Huesca again in his hometown earlier than becoming a member of Osasuna.
He is in his 2nd season with them, however may just no longer steer clear of their relegation from La Liga ultimate time period.
Leeds United’s goal this season is the playoffs and there may be anticipated to be cash to be had in January following their £15million sale of striker Chris Wood to Burnley.
But Christiansen is eyeing promotion to the Premier League, announcing ultimate month: “I imagine that in case you’re formidable, you need to do higher.
“It’s the sign I wish to give to the crew – that we need to do higher.
“Last yr we completed 7th to be able to be within the play-offs can be just right. After that we’ll see if we will be able to deliver one thing extra.
“We can put numerous drive on ourselves and I love drive, that’s no longer an issue. For the folk round who say ‘it has to be like this’ [a top-six finish], I can do my absolute best to arrange everybody for it.
“But the Championship is one of the crucial aggressive league on the earth with 12 or 14 groups who can finally end up within the peak six. Anything is imaginable. In different leagues it isn’t. It’s what makes this league particular.
“The crew is already imposing my philosophy and our arduous paintings all over pre-season is being rewarded.”