By Tom Blackburn
Leeds’ on-off pursuit of Joel Ekstrand has been reignited and talks are continuing for the defender to move to Elland Road, according to a report.
Football Insider reported on Monday that Leeds were set to pull out of the deal due to fears over the Swedes history of injuries.
However, BBC journalist Adam Pope claims that his agent Martin Dahlin says the defenders knee is stable and that talks are ongoing.
On Monday lunchtime Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Phil Hay claimed on his personal Twitter account on Monday that Leeds are no longer pursuing Ekstrand due to his history of injuries.
Hay claimed “Leeds were worried about Ekstrand’s condition from the beginning” and that he “would be surprised if Ekstrand to Leeds goes through” as there are “too many worries about his injuries and people advising the club not to take the risk”.
The 27-year-old defender was targeted by Leeds manager Garry Monk, who is looking to secure another defensive option for the forthcoming Championship campaign.
Ekstrand is a free agent following his release by Watford at the end of the 2015-16 season and would land at the Yorkshire giants without a fee.
Ekstrand joined Watford from Udinese in 2012 where he made 100 appearances for the club during his four-year stay.
The Swedish defender experienced three years of Championship football at Vicarage Road and played a key role in Watford’s promotion year during the 2014-15 season where he featured in 25 encounters for the club.
However, during the successful campaign Ekstrand suffered a cruciate ligament injury and did not feature for the club again before being released in the summer of 2016.