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.
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.