Leeds United are desperate for cover and competition for Kalvin Phillips and are on the right track with their pursuit of Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare.
That is according to former Aston Villa and England striker Gabriel Agbonlahor, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after the Whites joined the race for the 21-year-old.
This site revealed earlier this week that the Yorkshire giants have set their sights on the Frenchman as a potential summer target.
Soumare was the subject of a £35million bid from Newcastle United last January and he has now entered the final 18 months of his Lille contract.
The midfielder has also been linked with Man United and Leicester City.
Tuesday night’s 3-0 win over Southampton was just the second Premier League game Leeds have won without Phillips this season.
Across their seven games without the anchorman, Leeds have lost five times and have not recorded a draw.
Asked whether another midfield option like Soumare should be Leeds’ summer transfer priority, Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “Yes. Every club could do with a cover for every position.
“You look at Kalvin Phillips’ position, they struggle without him. They’re more likely to lose when he’s not playing.
“He covers the ground, he starts the attacks off, he sweeps up.
“I’m sure they’ll be looking at cover, just in case.
“Aston Villa have got cover in that position now and many other teams have.”
Phillips has played 18 Premier League games this season and earned a first call up to the England squad at the beginning of the season.
The Leeds academy graduate now has three national team caps under his belt and is in with a chance of representing the Three Lions at this summer’s European Championships.