Bid tabled: Leeds must join reported Yorkshire rivals hunt for top-flight centre-back
Leeds United must join Yorkshire rivals Hull in their reported hunt to sign Aberdeen defender Scott McKenna with the Elland Road backline looking as though it’s on the verge of imploding.
BBC Sport has reported that Hull have tabled a bid for McKenna, 21, but Scottish Premiership side Aberdeen have decided to turn it down.
The Daily Record claimed in their live transfer blog on Sunday [09:14am] that the offer was worth £300,000 and the Dons are looking for £500,000 – which is very much affordable for Leeds.
McKenna is one the best up-and-coming defenders currently plying his trade in Scotland’s top-flight and would no doubt be a great addition to the Leeds squad, which is short of numbers in defence.
Pontus Jansson looked as though he was trying to get himself sent off on Saturday and a red card or injury to him or Liam Cooper could play havoc with selection, especially as Thomas Christiansen does not seem keen on Matthew Pennington at the moment.
Pennington is only on loan from Everton, so once he goes there are just Jansson and Cooper left on the books at Elland Road as traditional centre-backs.
Kyle Bartley has not really been replaced but McKenna could be the closest thing to that.
It is unlikely that the left-footed Scotland Under-21 international would command a huge fee, but he is now an established member of the Aberdeen first-team which is closest to Celtic in terms of quality in Scotland’s top-flight.
He has made 16 appearances across all competitions this season and has proven his is capable of meeting the level of the English Championship.
McKenna is someone who has the ability to step up to the first-team at Leeds right now if needed and he will also continue to get better and better, season by season.
At the very worst, the Scot could just be a good financial investment.
In other Leeds United news, the Whites are in the hunt to sign this left-sided flyer from Hull.
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