Championship

Report suggests Leeds are interested in January move for Premier League defender

Leeds United supporters have been somewhat quieter in the Transfer Tavern during the international break such have been their side’s struggles in recent weeks.

The Yorkshire giants went to the top of the Championship after seven games of the campaign having won five of them, but have since managed just three points from a possible 12, with three successive away defeats blighting their progress.

That has left head coach Thomas Christiansen with much to ponder during the fortnight’s interruption, but there might be some good news to come for our resident Leeds fans if a recent report from ClubCall is anything to go by.

And that’s because they report that the Whites are interested in bringing Huddersfield Town defender Scott Malone to Elland Road in January.

The 26-year-old only moved to the John Smith’s Stadium back in the summer after a season at Fulham, with whom he scored six goals and laid on six assists to help reach the Championship play-offs, albeit they lost to Reading in the semi-finals.

Yet the Englishman has been unable to command regular football under David Wagner so far this season with just two Premier League appearances to his name, both of which substitute cameos.

And his lack of first team action has reportedly attracted the interest of Christiansen’s Leeds, who could look to launch a loan move for Malone in January should his situation remain the same at the Yorkshire outfit.

And with Leeds having conceded 11 goals in 11 league games this term, defensive reinforcements may be needed in January, but whether they firm up their interest in Malone remains to be seen.

Landlord’s verdict: Scott Malone was one of several top-performing Championship players to make the move to Huddersfield Town during the summer, but things haven’t quite worked out for the Englishman.

The 26-year-old has yet to start a Premier League game for the Terriers and has made just two substitute appearances, which leaves his short-term future at the club far from certain.

And it’s uncertainty which Leeds United are reportedly seeking to exploit, with the need for experienced Championship defenders like Malone particularly important as they seek a return to the Premier League.

Should Malone’s situation remain the same at Huddersfield, it’s perfectly plausible that he could make the short trip across Yorkshire to link up with Leeds.

Leeds fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!

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