By Harvey Byrne

Leeds are lurking around right-back Conor McLaughlin, who is soon to be out of contract at Fleetwood, according to a reliable journalist.

The Blackpool Gazette reported earlier in the month that Uwe Rosler’s side had withdrawn their contract offer for the 25-year-old, leaving him available to move on a free.

This is then believed to have lead to a number of interested clubs from the Championship with the Sun’s transfer columnist Alan Nixon reporting via his personal Twitter account on Sunday that the Whites were “lurking” with newly promoted duo Millwall and Bolton both having made, or making moves.

Last season the 23-time capped Northern Ireland was a standout player for the Fleetwood team which achieved a fourth placed finish as he played 49 times in all competitions, scoring five goals while also returning two assists.

Leeds, meanwhile played with last summer signing Luke Ayling as their right-back, while they also have Gaetano Berardi in their squad, but they could be looking to bolster their squad under Thomas Christiansen as they aim for promotion.

Football Insider verdict:

Leeds are currently well occupied in the right-back position with both Ayling and Berardi. However, McLaughlin is certainly good a good prospect on a free, while Berardi has entered the final year of his contract at the Yorkshire giants. The Northern Irishman has previously made just seven appearances in the Championship for Preston and there is no guarantee that he can make the step up to the English second tier. But, this could prove a smart purchase by Leeds if they do manage to capture McLaughlin, especially if free of charge.

In other Leeds transfer news, former loanee Alfonso Pedraza has agreed to a contract extension.

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