By Will Butcher
Leeds combative midfielder Luke Murphy is attracting interest from Yorkshire rivals Sheffield United, according to a report.
The 26-year-old has been frozen out at Elland Road by manager Garry Monk, despite making 35 appearances for the Championship club last term.
The Yorkshire Evening Post claim that the League One big hitters face a fight to bring the former Crewe star to Bramall Lane though, with a number of other clubs also keen on Murphy’s signature.
Murphy, who signed for Leeds three years ago in a deal worth £1million, is expected to leave Elland Road this summer after Monk confirmed that there would be plenty of transfer activity before next Wednesday’s deadline.
The midfielder is one of a handful of senior players who have been ousted from the Leeds first team, with Souleymane Doukara, Marco Silvestri and Toumani Diagouraga all being pushed towards the exit door.
The Crewe academy graduate, who progressed under the esteemed Dario Gradi-inspired system, made his first appearance of the season in the second round of the EFL Cup against League Two minnows Luton Town, resulting in a 1-0 win for Monk’s side.
Leeds are looking to add to their 10 summer signings as former Swansea boss, Monk, continues to overhaul his inherited squad in an attempt to return them to the Premier League for the firts time in 12 years.
Monk has brought in internationals Rob Green, Pontus Jansson, Liam Bridcutt and Pablo Hernandez, while Kemar Roofe, Luke Ayling and Marcus Antonsson have all signed permanent deals.
Matt Grimes and Kyle Bartley join on loan deals from Monk’s old side, while Hadi Sacko has signed on loan from Portuguese giants Sporting Lisbon.
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