By Will Butcher
Leeds fans have taken to Twitter to express their delight as Bristol City defender Luke Ayling closes in on a move to Elland Road.
The defender is set to sign for around £750,000 with a three-year deal on the table for the former Plymouth man.
Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Phil Hay confirmed on Wednesday that the versatile defender was close to putting pen to paper, as manager Garry Monk looks to bring in a defender.
Leeds United close to signing Bristol City defender Luke Ayling on a three-year deal. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) August 10, 2016
Ayling was in the same Arsenal youth team as fellow new defensive signing Kyle Bartley that won the domestic double in the Gunners’ youth team, lifting the Premier Academy League trophy and FA Youth Cup of 2008-09.
Leeds’ Twitter following are ecstatic over the signing of Ayling, with many believing it’s exactly what the Whites need after shipping five goals in their opening two fixtures.
Best compression I can give you for Luke Ayling would be Andy Hughes .. works hard, full blooded, will player where asked #lufc
— David Kershaw (@DavidKershaw7) August 11, 2016
— Toby Bilton (@TobyBilton1) August 11, 2016
Pleased with the signing of Luke Ayling. Good age and highly rated by Bristol City fans. Squad depth. #lufc
— The Mighty Leeds (@themightyleeds) August 11, 2016
Luke Ayling would represent progress of sorts because it would be a rare example of us signing one of our rival's better players. #lufc
— Tommy D (@tommy_lufc) August 10, 2016
Luke Ayling eh? RB who's played a lot of football at CB recently wanted by Celtic seen him at ER a few times, good signing imho. #lufc
— CellinoIn (@CellinoIn) August 10, 2016
Anybody who thinks Luke Ayling would be a bad signing for us doesn't watch football #lufc
— Aaron Ruane (@aruane77) August 10, 2016
Luke Ayling appears to be 99% done in a transfer to Leeds. Great signing #lufc
— Danny Horsman (@Dannyoss) August 10, 2016
Ayling is a really attacking full back that plays with his heart on his sleeve, he'd work at Leeds. #lufc
— Josh Fisk (@josh_fisk) August 10, 2016
The consensus is good on Ayling then, after two impressive years at Ashton Gate. One fan though, wants him for a reason other than the defender’s footballing ability.
I want Luke Ayling purely for his hairstyle #lufc
— Simon Gardner (@simamuofficial) August 10, 2016
The 24-year-old plays on the right hand side of a three man defence at Bristol and can also play at either centre-back or right-back.
He was a key member of the Bristol squad last season, playing 36 times across all competitions for the club.
The defender is now into the final year of his contract, so the club could be willing to let him go.
In other Leeds transfer news, this international winger is set to leave Elland Road after agreeing a move to this League One side.