By Wayne Veysey

29th Aug, 2017 | 9:11pm

Leeds installed favourites to sign defender

By Harry Sykes

Leeds United have been installed equal favourites to sign Blackburn Rovers defender Charlie Mulgrew, according to bookmakers.

Bet Victor priced the Yorkshire giants at 4/1 on Tuesday night to land the Scotland international and Celtic icon, 31, before the transfer window shuts this month.

It is the same price as Championship rivals Sheffield Wednesday, while the Hoops are 6/1 and Bristol City are 8/1.

Leeds had previously been behind only Wednesday (2/1) in the betting race for Mulgrew, while his hometown club were 6/1.

Celtic academy product Mulgrew moved to Ewood Park 12 months ago after a six-year spell at his boyhood club had followed spells at Wolves, Southend and Aberdeen.

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At Celtic, the centre-back made 209 appearances and had an excellent scoring record, netting 29 goals and supplying a further 34 assists.

Mulgrew featured in 30 matches in all competitions for Rovers last season, scoring three goals.

He has started all three of the third-tier outfit’s matches in the new campaign.

Rovers, who were relegated to League One on the final day of last season, sold goalkeeper Jason Steele to Leeds’ promotion rivals Middlesbrough last month.

In other Leeds United transfer news, the club have one striker deal in the big just days before the window shuts and are also closing in on another big-name signing.

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