By Tom Blackburn

Italian clubs Sampdoria and Pescara are interested in Leeds target Tom Beugelsdijk, according to a report.

Dutch newspaper Omroep West claims that the two clubs have joined the race for the 6ft 4in defender, who currently plays in the top Dutch division for ADO Den Haag.

The Dutch defender, 26, claimed at the weekend that he has been watched by scouts from Leeds, though there is yet to be a concrete offer.

“They seem to think I am a good defender,” Beugelsdijk told Omroep West.

“But as long as I do not know if they will come up with an offer, it is not interesting for me to think about it.”

The Daily Mail claimed last week that the colossus defender impressed Yorkshire scouts in August, as he scored the winner in his side’s 2-1 win over Eredivisie rivals Excelsior.

It was said that Leeds manager Garry Monk is of the opinion that the giant centre-back has the attributes that the Championship requires.

The former FC Dordrecht defender almost moved to England last summer, with Birmingham, Rotherham and Blackpool all interested in the fan-favourite.

Goal-scoring defender Beugelsdijk has made 88 appearances for his current side, scoring nine goals and has helped them start with a 100% record this season.

The right-footed defender has two years remaining on his current contract.

A move for the defender could spell the end for a Leeds defender, with the Whites already having four senior centre-backs on their books.

Loan signings Pontus Jansson and Kyle Bartley have been brought in this summer, while Liam Cooper and Sol Bamba have also featured this season for the Whites.

In other Leeds transfer news, a reliable journalist gives a striker update and explains the latest about their Premier League target.