By Will Butcher
Leeds are keeping close tabs on Northern Ireland right-back Conor McLaughlin, according to a reliable journalist covering the club.
Gaetano Berardi and youngster Lewie Coyle are manager Garry Monk’s current players in that position, although the latter also doubles up in midfield.
Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Phil Hay revealed on his personal Twitter account on Saturday night that Leeds are interested in McLaughlin, who represented Northern Ireland during Euro 2016.
Bit of transfer news: being told that Leeds are very keen on Conor McLaughlin, the defender and Northern Ireland international at Fleetwood.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) July 16, 2016
McLaughlin can operate as either a right-back or a wing-back, and is renowned for his forward forays and calibre in the final third.
Hay claims there a number of clubs who have been linked with McLaughlin, who has emerged as a priority signing for Leeds.
The 24-year-old, who has played for Fleetwood for four years, made 42 appearances in all competitions last year for the Fishermen last year.
Manager Steven Pressley wants to keep a hold of his prize asset but may have to cash in on him now, with only 12 months remaining on the Preston North End full-back’s contract.
Monk has been very busy in the transfer market so far as he looks to reshape his squad. Six new faces have been brought in, with one of those, Marcus Antonsson, scoring a brace in Saturday’s 3-0 friendly win over Shamrock Rovers.
In the latest Leeds transfer news, Monk gave an update on the Leeds transfer situation after Saturday’s win.