By Danny Wright

4th Dec, 2017 | 5:50pm

Leeds transfer battle with bitter rivals on the cards for attacker from cash-strapped club - report

Leeds United are one of four teams keeping close tabs on Bolton attacker Josh Vela, according to a report.

The Daily Mail claims that a transfer battle is on the cards between Derby, Brighton and Leeds’ bitter Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday, who are also monitoring Vela, 23.

It is understood that cash-strapped Bolton may be forced into selling the playmaker to avoid him entering the final year of his contract.

The report states that Trotters boss Phil Parkinson is a huge fan of Vela and would ideally like to see him stay but due to the clubs’ financial woes, the Championship struggles may be forced into selling up.

Vela is said to have 18 months left on his deal at the Macron and the attacking midfielder is a vital part of the first-team set-up.

He has made a total of 142 appearances for Bolton since emerging from their youth ranks, with 10 of them coming across all competitions this season.

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The playmaker suffered an ankle injury in August, keeping him out of action for almost two months.

Since returning, Bolton have lost just one of nine Championship games after earning just two points during his 10 game absence.

Football Insider Verdict

Bolton’s form has been incredible and Vela’s return from injury proved to be the catalyst for that. Leeds could really do with that kind of player in their team, but they don’t need someone who plays in his position. Leeds have an abundance of attacking midfielders and a move for Vela would be a waste of time and money. Thomas Christiansen’s defence should be the number one priority. A left-back and another centre-back should be high on the Dane’s shortlist while a proven Championship striker should also be of optimum interest. Leeds have a real shot at finishing in the top six this season but they must not blow it by having a poor January.

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