COMMENT By Will Butcher
Norwich defender Michael Turner would be a perfect signing for Leeds, after his time at Carrow Road looks to be coming to an end.
The 32-year-old has featured just twice for the Canaries this season, as he struggles to fight his way past German Timm Klose, Ryan Bennett and Sebastian Bassong all ahead of him in the defensive pecking order.
According to HITC Sport, a January move is on the cards for Turner. A move to Leeds could suit both parties – and here is why.
Premier League experience
Turner has a wealth of top-flight knowledge after spells with Hull City and Sunderland before moving to East Anglia with Norwich.
The Charlton Athletic youth player has made 158 appearances in the Premier League throughout his career, and that know how could be serve Leeds well as they eye a playoff spot.
Defenders Pontus Jansson, Kyle Bartley and Liam Cooper are all just 25 years of age, and a bit of experience at the heart of the Leeds defence would do Garry Monk’s side no harm.
Lewisham-born stopper Turner could be available for next to nothing as Neil looks to sell Turner for the good of the defender’s career.
Norwich’s number 26 has less than 12 months remaining on his current Carrow Road deal, and is available to discuss a pre-contract agreement with non-English clubs from January 1.
But Neil could help Turner in finding a new club by offering him around for a nominal fee, which would suit Monk’s side.
Turner is a tough-tackling defender and is fully capable of being able to clear the ball to safety without a moment’s hesitation, but seven years in the Premier League has also taught him to keep the ball.
Former Swansea boss Monk is attempting to implicate his preferred system of possession football at Elland Road, and Turner would go some way in helping Monk achieve that.
In other Leeds transfer news, this in-form midfielder is uncertain over his Elland Road future.