By Harry Sykes
Leeds United are keeping close tabs on Burton Albion midfield kingpin Jackson Irvine, according to a report.
HITC claim that the Championship giants are “lining up a move” for the Australia international Irvine on the back of his eyecatching exploits last season.
It is said that the 24-year-old’s performances for Burton brought him on to the radar of Leeds as well as number of Premier League and other Championship clubs.
Manager Thomas Christiansen is an admirer of Irvine and would reportedly be keen to add him to the 10 signings he has already made this summer.
Yorkshire Evening Post correspondent Lee Sobot claimed on his personal Twitter account on Wednesday that Leeds are looking to sign three players in particular although he admitted he did not know their identities.
No real update on potential signings or when but believe #lufc are keen on 3 players in particular, not the names out there, don’t know who.
— Lee Sobot (@LeeSobotYEP) July 26, 2017
Enforcer Irvine joined Burton from Scottish Premiership side Ross County last summer and made a huge impact in his first season in the Championship.
He scored 10 league goals from 44 matches from his central midfield role to finish as the club’s leading scorer, and was key to Nigel Clough’s side avoiding relegation.
Football Insider verdict:
There has been a clear shift in Leeds’ transfer policy this summer. Under the old regime, there was a focus on bargain buys who were known to the agents advising Massimo Cellino, or those who had caught the eye of the manager at the time. Now, Leeds are focusing on younger players with their peak years ahead of them and the potential to generate a transfer market profit if they make a big impact. Irvine fits into that category and, unlike many of Leeds’ signings this summer, comes with the added bonus of a proven track record in the Championship. His goals record is a stark contrast to the powderpuff contributions of the likes of Eunan O’Kane, Ronaldo Vieira, Liam Bridcutt and Kalvin Phillips last season.
In other Leeds transfer news, the club have agreed the terms of a stunning £7million deal.