By Harvey Byrne
Leeds are eyeing a move for free agent defender Reto Ziegler, according to a report.
Swiss news outlet RTS Sport have claimed on their website that the Yorkshire giants are looking to make a deal for the 31-year-old, most recently of Sion after also bringing in attacker Ezgjan Alioksi from Switzerland.
Ziegler boasts plenty of experience and has previously spent spells at each of Tottenham and Wigan between 2004 and 2007, which saw him make 33 appearances in the Premier League.
He has also been on the books of each of Juventus, Hamburg, Fenerbache and Lokomotiv Moscow during his career alongside winning 35 caps for the Switzerland senior national team.
Ziegler also boasts the ability to play in the centre and as a left-back in the defensive line and last season he showed his goal-scoring talents in the Swiss top-flight, bagging nine goals from 31 matches in all competitions.
Leeds, meanwhile are thought to be looking for a centre-back and left-back to replace Kyle Bartley and Charlie Taylor in the squad and Ziegler could be the ideal candidate.
Football Insider verdict:
Leeds certainly need to sign replacements for last season stars Bartley and Taylor in their squad if they are to achieve a finish as high as seventh again and Ziegler, who would cost nothing could be the best option. The defender would cost the club absolutely nothing bar wages and would be able to cover the two positions. His scoring record also shows that while he can do a solid job at the back he can also contribute up the pitch, which is worth it’s weight in gold in the Championship. One thing that Ziegler may however lack is pace down the flank, which is what Taylor provided, but he can outweight that ability with the experience he would bring to the squad.
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