Exclusive: Bristol City race Leeds to sign 24-yr-old Scot

Leeds United face competition from Bristol City for Coventry City defender Michael Rose this summer.

Football Insider exclusively revealed earlier this week that the Championship leaders are closely monitoring Rose, 24, as he enters the final 12 months of his contract.

A recruitment source has told Football Insider that City are also interested in signing Rose after his starring in Coventry’s successful League One campaign.

The Midlands outfit were promoted last week after the third-tier campaign was prematurely curtailed.

Rose made a huge impression in his first season in English football after joining Coventry from Ayr United on a free transfer last summer.

The Scot started all but four of the club’s 34 league matches and made 39 appearances in all competitions before the March lockdown ended his season.

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Rose could now receive tempting offers to quit Coventry even though they will be playing in next season’s Championship.

Leeds are well placed to be able to offer him Premier League football if they picked up where they left off three months ago.

Lee Johnson’s side are also in the promotion race and are just one point and one place off the final play-off spot in the Championship.

Rose moved down south after four years at Ayr, where he had never played at a higher level than the Scottish second tier.

He was on Aberdeen’s books as a a youngster but was let go without playing for their senior side.

Leeds are in the market for new central defenders this summer, with Ben White set to return to parent club Brighton at the end of the season and Gaetano Berardi coming to the end of his contract.

This site revealed last week that the Championship leaders have made Middlesbrough’s Daniel Ayala one of their top targets in the next window.

There is also interest in Argentina international Juan Foyth, with Tottenham ready to listen to offers for him.

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