By Richard Parks
Leeds United fans have taken to Twitter to express their delight after the club reportedly opened talks to sign Swansea City centre-back Kyle Bartley.
The Yorkshire Evening Post claim United are working on a deal to sign Bartley on a permanent deal following the huge impression he made while on loan last season.
It is said that Leeds hope to wrap up an early May deal for the 6ft 4in powerhouse after learning that Swansea will listen to offers for him if they avoid relegation from the Premier League.
Intriguingly, Bartley is open to a return to Elland Road despite signing a four-year contract with the Welsh outfit last August that runs until the summer of 2021.
The defender, 26, spent the first half of the season sidelined with a knee injury and has subsequently been on the fringes of the team, making 12 appearances in total in all competitions.
Leeds fans are over the moon at the possibility of a return for Bartley, with many claiming on social media they are desperately hoping Swansea retain their top-flight status.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
— Jay (@JAYDlXON) April 28, 2018
PHIL YOU SEXY SCOTTSMAN NOW ANNOUNCE THAT HECKY HAS BEEN SACKED
— KP©️ (@Kian_LUFC22) April 28, 2018
This should have been done a year ago. Let’s actually see if it happens. Seems like a bit of a PR stunt. If it does then great news but we need to bring in another CB too, I cannot stand another season of league one Liam in a Leeds shirt. Big big summer ahead.
— Super Wain (@SuperWain) April 28, 2018
Imagine August- and Barts leads team out as new captain ????????????
— AW (@AWwhite1) April 28, 2018
@SamNewsome99 return of the king?
— Charles Foster (@cjfoster99) April 29, 2018
— Jake Pattinson (@jake__pattinson) April 28, 2018
???? He’s coming home, he’s coming home, Kyle Bartley he is coming home ???? ???????? #mot
— Paul & Vicky (@MeathopWhites) April 28, 2018
Thank the lord only a season too late ????????
— Robert Walker (@RobWalker91) April 28, 2018
Captain straight away
— TomAxe (@tom_axe) April 28, 2018
Omg I’ve just wet my knickers ????????????
— Natalie Ryan (@natthabrat85) April 28, 2018