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Garry Monk keen to make ex-Arsenal defender his first Leeds signing - report

By Harvey Byrne

Leeds manager Garry Monk is eyeing a move to sign Swansea centre-back Kyle Bartley, according to a report.

The Yorkshire Evening Post claim that Monk has turned to his former club for a transfer which would bring Bartley to Elland Road on a season-long deal.

The 25-year-old centre-back worked under Monk while the new Leeds boss was manager of the Premier League club.

Bartley has also had previous spells in the Championship playing on loan at Birmingham and Sheffield United.

The Whites are in the market for new centre-backs after struggling in that area in the recently completed season where they conceded 59 goals and Swansea appear willing to allow the defender to move north for the whole of the 2016-17 campaign.

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Bartley joined Swansea from Arsenal in 2012 and is out of contract in a year’s time.

The centre-back was used infrequently for the Swans during the 2015-16 season, making just eight appearances  in all competitions which included a start in Monk’s final fixture as manager, a 3-0 defeat to Leicester last December.

Monk is yet to secure his first signing as Leeds boss, but the Yorkshire giants have made a seven figure offer to Swedish striker Marcus Antonsson, as reported on Football Insider.

In other Leeds news, Noel Whelan has questioned the attitude of relegated Newcastle United as they prepare for life in the second-tier.