Exclusive: Big development in Leeds bid to sign English left-back
Fulham are set to offer Joe Bryan a new contract to fend off growing interest from Premier League clubs led by Leeds United, Football Insider understands.
Scott Parker’s side have signed a new left-back already this window in Antonee Robinson, who arrived last week in a £2million deal.
A Fulham source has told Football Insider the club want competition for places and their plan is to have Bryan and Robinson pushing one another next season for a starting role.
Bryan has two years remaining on his contract, which also includes the option in the Cottagers’ favour of a further 12 months.
But he is in demand following a stellar 2019-20 campaign that ended with his play-off final heroics when he scored twice in extra-time to steer Fulham back to the Premier League at the first attempt.
Leeds, West Brom, Newcastle United and Leicester City are among the top-flight clubs in the market for a proven left-back and Bryan is on their radar.
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As revealed by Football Insider, Rangers star Borna Barisic is also on Leeds’ radar as well as Brentford’s Rico Henry.
Bryan could knock back Fulham’s attempts to keep him and push for a transfer despite his memorable efforts at Wembley last month.
Fulham valued Bryan at around £5million earlier this summer after previously setting a £7m asking price for him.
The Englishman has been a mainstay at Fulham since signing in 2018 from Bristol City for around £6million.