By Harvey Byrne

Leeds are battling a host of Championship clubs as they look to sign Manchester United youngster Sam Johnstone, according to a report.

The Daily Mail are claiming that the Yorkshire giants alongside Fulham and Nottingham Forest are leading the race to bring the 23-year-old on loan.

It is understood that Leeds Championship rivals Wolverhampton, Wigan and Bristol City are all also chasing the Manchester United youngster.

It is believed that Johnstone is eager to leave Old Trafford on loan for an eighth time this summer in order to play regular first team football, which he can’t be guaranteed at Manchester United with David De Gea in the side.

The Elland Road side are reportedly interested in bringing a goalkeeper in to the club after new manager Garry Monk fell out with first choice Marco Silvestri.

It is claimed that Monk wants to replace Silvestri with a player with more experience of the English leagues and the club have already moved to bring the experienced Robert Green to the side this summer.

Johnstone has been at Manchester United since the age of 16 and he has one more year left on his contract.

He has enjoyed loan spells with Oldham, Scunthorpe, Yeovil, Walsall and Doncaster as well as a 28-day loan with Preston last season where he played four matches last season conceding six goals.

In other Leeds transfer news, Tokelo Rantie has refused to travel on Bournemouth’s pre-season tour of the USA amid strong interest from the Whites.