By Richard Parks

Leeds United are working on a deal to sign Kyle Bartley from Swansea City after snubbing the chance to move for him 12 months ago, according to a reliable journalist.

Yorkshire Evening Post correspondent Phil Hay reported on his personal Twitter account on Saturday evening that it was a “surprise” to him that Leeds did not pursue Bartley last summer in the wake of his outstanding loan campaign.

Bartley explained that the Championship giants “didn’t even speak to Swansea about a permanent deal” for the powerhouse centre-back.

But there has now been a major U-turn from United top brass with the Yorkshire Evening Post claiming 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.

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Sportrac claim Bartley earns £1.5million-a-year at Swansea, equivalent to £28,000-a-week.

Football Insider verdict:

It is quite staggering that Leeds did not pursue Bartley last summer. Why on earth not? He played 45 out of 46 league matches in 2016-17 under Garry Monk, starting them all, in the club’s equal best league campaign since their Premier League days. It was surely a no-brainer to at least try to sign one half of one of the best centre-back partnerships in the division. Apparently not, for United top brass whose recruitment strategy last summer left so much to be desired. Swansea might not have been willing to sell Bartley at that point, but Leeds could and should have at least tried.

In other Leeds United news, it can be revealed that Andrea Radrizzani is ready to end the careers of 13 senior players at the club in a jawdropping cull.

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