Leeds United are in the hunt to re-sign Adam Clayton from Middlesbrough this month, according to a report.
The Yorkshire Post claims that a host of Championship clubs are keeping close tabs on the 28-year-old, who was outcasted from the Boro first-team by Garry Monk but has failed to earn his spot back in the side with Tony Pulis in charge.
It is understood that Aston Villa are also interested in Clayton, as well as Cardiff, Sheffield Wednesday and Derby.
Clayton left Leeds to sign for Huddersfield in 2012 and has since helped Middlesbrough reach the Premier League when he joined them two years later.
The midfielder has played 14 times in all competitions for Boro this season, but has played just once in the Championship since mid-October when he played in all 90 minutes of a 3-0 defeat to Derby.
The Middlesbrough fringe player played 50 times in his previous spell at Leeds, scoring six goals in the process.
Football Insider verdict
Leeds do not exactly need midfielders, but they could do with better ones. Mateusz Klich and Vurnon Anita have not worked out at Elland Road so potentially flogging both of them and getting in Clayton would be a solid bit of business. Against Nottingham Forest on Monday, it was clear that Leeds were lacking in their midfield. Without Ronaldo Vieira, there was no one to take the game by the scruff of the neck as Kalvin Phillips and Eunan O’Kane just seemed to be riding the current. Clayton won’t do that. He’s a workhorse and will get up and down the pitch every single game. Leeds really can do worse than re-signing the Boro midfielder.
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