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.

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.

The Bristol Post claimed that Celtic were eyeing a move for the the Robins’ number 20 but Leeds look set to win the battle.

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.

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.

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.