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Leeds United hopes of landing Joe Bryan are diminishing as he has opened talks with Fulham over a new contract, Football Insider can reveal.

The west Londoners are keen to keep hold of Bryan despite signing a new left-back in Antonee Robinson, who arrived last month from Wigan Athletic in a £2million deal.

A recruitment source has told Football Insider that Fulham are in negotiations with Bryan over a new and improved deal to prevent him leaving in this window.

He has two years remaining on his contract, which also includes the option in the Cottagers’ favour of a further 12 months.

Leeds, West Brom, Newcastle United and Leicester City are among the top-flight clubs in the market for a proven left-back and they have all registered their interest in Bryan.

Leeds’ need to strengthen the left side of their defence is especially acute.

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Marcelo Bielsa does not have full faith in Barry Douglas and converted wingers Stuart Dallas and Ezgjan Alioski were the first choices for most of their Championship-winning campaign.

Bryan has been a “top target” for Leeds, the source added, although they have also looked at Rangers’ Borna Barisic and Brentford’s Rico Henry.

The Fulham star 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 the club back to the Premier League at the first attempt.

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.

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