By Russell Edge
Leeds United are keeping tabs on Australian midfielder James Jeggo after he turned down a contract offer from current club Sturm Graz, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claim on their website that the 25-year-old refused the terms offered by the Austrian side with just eight months remaining on his current deal, which would allow him to sign a pre-contract agreement with another club in January.
The report says that Leeds are joined by fellow Championship sides Middlesbrough and Hull City in scouting the midfielder, hoping to secure a bargain deal for the former Melbourne Victory player
It is said he would have no issues in playing in England as he qualifies for a permit through his English parents.
The defensive midfielder has made 16 appearances across all competitions for Sturm Graz this season, taking his total to 51 outings for the club, as he is yet to find the back of the net.
He has also seen himself called up to the Australian national squad, but has only ever been seen as an unused substitute for his country.
Football Insider verdict
Leeds’ scouting of Jeggo suggests they are preparing their signings well in advance, as well as targeting bargain deals. He offers something which the Whites lack when Ronaldo Vieira is missing from their starting line up, and that could be something Thomas Christiansen is looking to sort out sooner rather than later. However with the Australian midfielder available to sign on a free from June, it poses the question of whether to try snap him up for a cut price in January, or try convince him of their future success when offering terms of a deal. Middlesbrough and Hull are both tough competition when it comes to securing his signing, and so it may be that Leeds have their work cut out for them.
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