By Alex Stevens

Leeds have rejected the chance to sign Barnsley centre-back Alfie Mawson, according to a report.

The Yorkshire Evening Post claim the Elland Road outfit had the opportunity to make a move for the highly rated 22-year-old defender.

But it is said that Leeds will not be pursuing a move for Englishman Mawson because the club’s hierarchy deem him to be “too expensive”.

Leeds are in the market for a new centre-back in the final weeks of the transfer window as they currently have just three senior players in that position, Sol Bamba, Liam Cooper and on-loan Kyle Bartley.

Bamba and Bartley partnered each other in central defence in Sunday’s 3-0 Championship defeat to QPR as Cooper has still not fully recovered from injury and was on the substitute’s bench.

Former Wycombe player Mawson is regarded as one of the outstanding emerging defenders in the Football League and was a key player in Barnsley’s League One promotion campaign last season.

Garry Monk has been very active in the market this summer and is looking to continue his Elland Road revolution, as he aims to return the Yorkshire giants back to the top flight of football.

Monk has made seven senior signings so far, bringing in Rob Green, Kyle Bartley, Matt Grimes, Hadi Sacko, Kemar Roofe, Antonsson and Pablo Hernandez.

In other Leeds transfer news, West Ham are lining up a £5million bid for this in-demand star.