Lewie Coyle is ready to complete a permanent exit from Leeds United in January, Football Insider understands.

The defender, 24, has spent the last three seasons on loan at Fleetwood Town and his contract at Elland Road expires at the end of this campaign.

A Leeds source has told Football Insider that League One Fleetwood want to convert Coyle’s loan into a full-time deal and he’s keen to push through a transfer.

Marcelo Bielsa is unlikely to stand in the way of the versatile defender, who does not fit into his plans going forward.

Football Insider revealed this month that United are ready to permanently sell Coyle in January rather than let him leave for nothing at the end of the season.

His loan deal with Fleetwood expires at the end of next month, although there is a strong possibility the north-west outfit will extend it until June.

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The Leeds academy product has been a mainstay of the starting XI for three consecutive seasons on loan at the League One club.

Manager Joey Barton is a big admirer of his consistency, pedigree and versatility.

Coyle has started all 16 of their league matches this season and been a key player for Barton’s seventh-placed side, supplying four assists from right-back.

The defender has made 110 appearances in total for the third-tier outfit and won the club’s Player of the Year award at the end of his debut campaign in 2017-18.

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