Leeds United fans in the Transfer Tavern will be expecting a number of new arrivals this summer as they look to rebuild after a disappointing Championship campaign.
The Whites finished the season in the bottom half of the second tier table with a different manager in charge from the beginning, yet the locals were not happy with his performances.
Paul Heckingbottom only managed to get four wins in his 16 games with the club towards the backend of the season, and many of the punters have called for him to go – however, despite the concerns, he will need to ensure that the right players are brought in if he does indeed remain at Elland Road.
And centre back has been a position that has been talked about often by those in the Tavern, and it is no secret that the club have been chasing Swansea City’s Kyle Bartley, who knows the Elland Road outfit well after a loan spell a few years ago.
And, according to a report by Leeds Live, the defender was close to rejoining the Yorkshire side on a temporary switch next season, although those plans have now been dashed following the relegation of the Welsh club from the Premier League, and indeed their search for a new manager.
And with no decision reportedly to be made on Bartley’s future until a new manager is appointed, this update is likely to frustrate Heckingbottom and the club’s hierarchy, what with it very much up in the air as to whether they can indeed land the defender this summer.
Landlord’s Verdict: Bartley has been attracting plenty of interest from a host of clubs this summer, with the likes of Rangers also keen on the centre back.
The 27-year-old knows what it takes to be a Leeds player after having a solid campaign with them a couple of years ago, making himself a fan favourite during his short stay.
The locals would be excited to see him back at the club next season, as he looks to reunite with Pontus Jansson in the centre of defence and help give them a solid foundation moving forward.
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