Report: Leeds line up full-back, summer transfer tussle expected after regular scouting trips
By Alex Stevens
Leeds are keeping close tabs on Brighton full-back Rob Hunt, according to a report.
Sports site HITC claim the Yorkshire giants are monitoring the versatile defender ahead of a possible summer bid.
It is said that Leeds and Premier League outfit Bournemouth have sent scouts to frequently watch Hunt in action this season.
HITC report that Brighton could face a battle to hang on to Hunt in what could develop into a summer transfer tussle.
The defender, who is predominantly a right-back but can also play at left-back, began the season in the Brighton squad before joining League One club Oldham on loan in the January transfer window.
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Hunt, 21, has made a big impression at Oldham and has been instrumental in the side putting together a four-match unbeaten run and climbing out of the relegation zone.
Hunt made his Brighton debut earlier this season after graduating from the club’s academy and was rewarded with a new contract last October that runs until the summer of 2018.
Leeds are in the market for a new full-back amid doubts over the future of Charlie Taylor, whose current deal expires at the end of the season.
Football Insider verdict:
It is little surprise that Leeds are keeping a close eye on emerging full-backs as they look for potential solutions to fill the wide defensive slots next season. With Taylor out of contract in the summer and almost certain to quit the club if they are not promoted, the Yorkshire giants will need at least one left-back, and possibly two. Gaetano Berardi has filled in manfully during Taylor’s absence through injury in the last two months, but the Swiss is only a stop-gap at left-back and is unable to offer the attacking threat of a natural left-footer or a play who has learned his trade in that position.