EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke
Leeds United are lining up a bid for Luton defender James Justin to replace the injured Luke Ayling this month, Football Insider sources understand.
Leeds are in the market for a new right-back after losing Ayling for the rest of the season following ankle surgery and highly-rated Justin has emerged as their top target.
A well-placed source has told Football Insider that Leeds are ready to make a move on Justin after having watched him on several occasions this season for Luton.
Justin is regarded as one of the brightest young prospects in the Football League after bursting onto the scene during the 2016/17 season.
The attacking right-back, who has come through the ranks at Luton, made 39 appearances last season as the Hatters reached the League Two play-off semi-finals.
Justin has maintained that fine form this season, scoring two goals in 15 appearances to help Luton to the top of the League Two table.
Nottingham Forest saw several offers for Justin rejected in the summer and he was handed a new deal by Luton before the start of the season to fend off the growing interest in his services.
Luton are keen to keep hold of the England Under-20 international as they look to win promotion to League One this season, but Leeds are ready to test their resolve with a move for Justin’s signature before the close of the transfer window.
In other Leeds United transfer news, Victor Orta is working on a deal to sign a centre-forward who has already handed in a transfer request.