By Will Butcher
Leeds are considering a bid for versatile Tottenham star Dominic Ball, according to a report.
The highly-rated Spurs 21-year-old spent last season on loan at Rangers and was a key figure in their promotion to the Scottish Premiership
HITC Sport claim that Leeds manager Garry Monk is looking to sign the England Under-20 international, who can play anywhere across the back four and also in a midfield enforcer role.
It is said that Ball is well down the Spurs pecking order and Monk will offer him a route out of White Hart Lane.
Ball has followed the trail blazed by Spurs mainstay Dier by moving forward from his more recognised central defensive role into a midfield anchorman position.
It is a switch that has paid dividends for Rangers as the centre-back-turned-defensive midfielder played a significant part in Rangers’ Scottish Championship title triumph and progress to the Scottish Cup final.
“What Mauricio Pochettino has seen in Eric Dier to put him in there could perhaps be seen as similar to what the gaffer here has done with me,” Ball told the Tottenham website.
“It gives you that support at the back and also Eric’s got that ability on the ball to play out, which I think I’ve got as well.
“Generally I’ve found it quite good in that role, I enjoy it and I think I go in there with the sort of mentality that I’m a third defender.”
Ball’s future has been in doubt this summer, with Tottenham seemingly willing to allow Ball to leave to continue his search for first-team football.
Ball, who decided to change allegiances in 2014 after appearing at all Northern Ireland youth levels, is the subject of interest from a number of clubs according to the HITC report.
Leeds have been increasingly active in the transfer market, as Monk looks to ready his new squad ahead of Sunday’s Championship opener against QPR.
He has brought in seven new faces so far, with the likes of Rob Green, Kemar Roofe and Pablo Hernandez all putting pen to paper.
In other Leeds transfer news, Monk is set to miss out on a transfer windfall as ex-striker Ross McCormack looks set to to move to Aston Villa.