With Leeds continuing to piladge the transfer market with a blank cheque book, attentions will soon turn to one of the key positions that the club need to fill.
The departure of Kyle Bartley is set to hit Leeds hard when the conetitive matches start after a magnificent partnership alongside Pontus Jansson has blossomed throughout the season.
With Bartley set to stay at Swansea for the time being, Leeds need to act fast if they are to bring in a partner for Jansson in time for the season start.
Leeds are currently looking far afield for summer signings and it is likely this will continue as they pursue further targets.
With this, here are four possible centre backs who could fill in for the now unavailable Bartley at the heart of Leeds' defence;
Previously linked in early June with a move to Elland Road, Helander is the perfect choice alongside Jansson as the pair have played for both club and country together.
The 6'3 centre back previously lined up alongside Jansson at Swedish side Malmo where they built quite the formidable partnership, only conceding an average of less than one goal per game.
The pair clearly have a history together and Leeds could only reap the benefits of this.
As an individual Helander is just as impressive, a fully fledged Swedish international who was a stand out player after signing for Bologna last January.
With a reported £4million fee enough to convince Bologna to part ways, surely Leeds could make a real statement signing the talented Swede.
Thomas Christiansen hasn't had much say in who Leeds have secured this season, but it doesn't mean that his input isn't valuable.
The former Apoel Nicosia head coach could have identified Ioannou as a target having been the manager to cement the young defenders position for the Cypriot side.
Ioannou is a left sided defender who is capable of playing as a full back or as a central defender, both positions that Leeds are currently lacking.
The 21-year old became an instant sensation after being handed his chance by TC and went on to play the final 11 games consecutively in the league for his club.
More impressively, Ioannou starred in the Europa League for Apoel as they progressed to the knockout stages for the first time in their history, making an average of 3 tackles per game and 1.5 dribbles. Both stats look increasingly respective having compared to Jansson's average of 1.6 tackles and 0.2 dribbles.
With the young defender still under the radar, Leeds could grab a bargain and fill two positions in one.
Sverrir Ingi Ingason
Get that on the back of your shirt I dare you! Ingason is a player Leeds are already linked with but would be the signing of the summer.
The Whites are currently battling it out for the Icelandic defender with 'local rivals' Huddersfield Town.
This is due to the 23-year old being available for a miraculous €2million due to a clause in his Granda contract.
This is a player who featured for Iceland in their amazing Euro 2016 campaign and could create the most formidable Viking partnership with Jansson should he join.
Ingason spent the season at the Spanish strugglers but was still a stand out player and would be a welcome addition at Leeds United.
Thomas Christiansen is said to have been a fan of the centre back since he spent time at Viking FK and has already made contact about a move to a proper town in Yorkshire.
The young Ghanaian is lighting up at the moment but not enough that Leeds aren't in with a shout of signing him under the radar.
The 21-year old has been impressing at Swedish side Hammarby since joining permanently in 2016 and was one of the standout defenders in the Swedish top flight.
Aidoo, not to be confused with FM flop Freddy Adu (so much promise) is a talented centre back who can break at pace and would beat most of the Leeds squad in a foot race.
Turkish side Trabzonspor are said to be interested in the youngster with his asking price said to be very low for a player of his talents.
Leeds could sign a very talented prospect who is ready for first team action on the cheap if they took the time to sound Hammarby out.
So there you have it, our picks for foreign defenders Leeds should be looking at. Is there a favourite on the list? Or is there someone else we missed?
Have your say in the comments below and keep your eye out for our next five defenders piece, it might be closer to home.
By Ryan Ingham