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8th Aug, 2016 | 2:37pm

Leeds eye 23-year-old Premier League centre-back to shore up defence - reports

By Will Butcher

Leicester defender Liam Moore has been identified as a possible answer to Leeds’ defensive woes following their 3-0 opening day loss to Championship side QPR.

The defender made just one cup appearance for the Foxes last year, failing to secure a Premier League medal despite his side’s triumph.

The Bristol Post have claimed that Leeds have a long-standing interest in Moore, who is also attracting interest from Reading and Bristol City.

It is said that Reading have already tabled a £1million bid for the centre-back, who has been told by Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri he can leave the King Power Stadium.

The report also claims that Bristol City are interested in the versatile defender, after making 10 appearances for the Robins during a loan spell in the first half of last season.

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Moore, who has also had loan spells with Brentford and Bradford City, has not been given a squad number by Leicester this season.

The defender was an integral part of the Leicester side that gained promotion to the Premier League three seasons ago, making 33 appearances in all competitions as Nigel Pearson’s side were promoted as champions.

The versatile stopper, who is predominantly a centre-back but can also play at right-back, has less than 12 months on his Leicester deal and could be tempted to move in search of first-team football.

Leeds are in the market for a new centre-back in the final weeks of the transfer window as they currently have just three senior players in that position, Sol Bamba, Liam Cooper and on-loan Kyle Bartley.

Bamba and Bartley partnered each other in central defence in Sunday’s 3-0 Championship defeat to QPR as Cooper has still not fully recovered from injury and was on the substitute’s bench.

In other Leeds transfer news, the Whites are set to be active this week in the transfer market according to this journalist.