Leeds submit defender offer ahead of January window - report
By Alex Stevens
Leeds have made an offer to St Pauli captain Soren Gonther, according to a report.
Reliable German newspaper BILD claim the Yorkshire giants have made a bit to sign the defender, whose contract with the Bundesliga II club expires at the end of the season.
It is said that Leeds have offered centre-back Gonther a two-year contract in an attempt to win the race for his contract.
The 30-year-old will officially able to sign a pre-contract agreement with a foreign club from 1 January ahead of a free transfer move next summer.
BILD claim it is unlikely that Gonther would move in January but it is not out of the question, with Leeds wanting to tie up a deal “no later than the summer”.
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The deal on the table from the high flying Championship club to the experienced defender is reported to be worth £380,000 per year, substantially more than his salary at St Pauli.
Gonther’s side St Pauli sit bottom of the Bundesliga II, the German second division.
Gonther has made eight starts this season out of 11 appearances in total, and has played for St Pauli since 2012.
Football Insider verdict:
Leeds will imminently have a big centre-back conundrum. The team’s current pairing of Pontus Jansson and Kyle Bartley have laid the foundations of the team’s against-the-odds promotion charge but they are only on season-long loans and are due to return to their parent clubs, Torino and Swansea respectively, at the end of the season. Of the club’s three senior central defenders, only Liam Cooper is tied to a long-term contract. Clearly, Leeds need to target future signings for the key position and it makes sense to line up a player such as Gonther who could be secured on a pre-contract agreement ahead of a free transfer.
In other Leeds transfer news, a reliable journalist has provided a fascinating new update on the club’s January pursuit of Ashley Fletcher.