By Harvey Byrne
Leeds target Alfie Mawson has been the subject of a £3million bid from Sunderland, according to a report.
The Sheffield Star claims that David Moyes is looking to sure up his defence and that he has targeted the 22-year-old Oakwell centre-back.
However, the highly-rated defender has also been linked with a number of Championship clubs, including the Whites and Sunderland’s fierce rivals Newcastle.
Yorkshire Evening Post writer Phil Hay claimed on his personal Twitter account that Leeds owner Massimo Cellino had gone to Barnsley’s play-off final against Millwall to watch Mawson.
Cellino watched Barnsley-Millwall at Wembley on Sunday, though in part to scout Sam Winnall and centre-back Alfie Mawson.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) May 31, 2016
Meanwhile, July 24th’s edition of The Sun (page 63) claimed that Benitez is also keeping tabs on the Barnsley captain.
It is believed that Barnsley have previously knocked back a bid in the region of £1million from Bristol City.
The Yorkshire club aren’t short on cash either, after they received £7million of the £47.5million which saw former Tykes defender John Stones leave Everton for Manchester City.
Mawson has two-years left on his current Barnsley deal and the Oakwell side may fear that his value will plummet next summer, if he enters the final year of his contract.
The defender has been a key to Barnsley’s impressive start to the new campaign playing in all five of the club’s encounters.
Garry Monk has added Kyle Bartley and Pontus Jansson to his squad on loan this summer, but the manager, who played centre-back himself, may not want to pass up the opportunity on obtaining Mawson.
In other Leeds transfer news, West Brom are set to test the Whites with a £7million bid for left-back Charlie Taylor.