By Will Butcher

Leeds are still on the lookout for a centre-back after Championship rivals Bristol City completed a swoop for free agent Joel Ekstrand.

Earlier in the window, the Yorkshire Evening Post revealed that Ekstand’s negotiations with Leeds fell through after doubts arose over the 27-year-old’s injury record, which has allowed Robins manager Lee Johnson to sign the defender on a one-year contract.

The signing of Ekstrand would have given Leeds cover at the heart of their defence, following the surprise departure of club captain Sol Bamba.

Bristol City revealed the news via their official website and Twitter page, ending Ekstrand’s search for a new club following his release from Premier League side Watford.

The Swedish defender will be returning to a league where he has had success before, after he played a key role in Watford’s promotion from the Championship 2014/15 season. Ekstrand made 24 appearances in the Championship for Watford that season, scoring a single goal.

However, Ekstrand suffered a cruciate ligament injury during the season and did not feature for the club again before being released this summer.

The 6ft 2in defender was targeted by Leeds manager Garry Monk as another defensive option for the forthcoming Championship campaign, but he opted to sign Kyle Bartley instead.

Leeds have also missed out on Algeria international Essaid Belkalem, who joined French second-tier side US Orleans on Monday.

In other Leeds news, this former Champions League full back has described this new signing as a “very classy player.”