By Derek Smithson
Leeds have made an enquiry for Bristol City defender Joe Bryan, according to a report.
HITC Sport claim that the Whites have seen an enquiry rejected by their Championship rivals for the left-back.
It is understood that Middlesbrough and Hull have also seen approaches turned down by Bristol City for the 23-year-old.
The report details that Leeds are in the market for a new left-back following the exit of Charlie Taylor to Burnley and have been “keeping tabs” on Bryan.
The Robins plan to keep the full-back in their squad ahead of the upcoming season and it’s unclear whether suitors will return with a bid for the player.
Bryan is regarded as one of the best left-backs in the division and has become an outstanding performer for hometown club Bristol City.
The defender was a mainstay in the starting line-up last season when making his 49 appearances and he helped chip in with five assists.
He has made 181 senior appearances for Bristol City since graduating from their youth team and is a big fan favourite due to his high work-rate, plus his quality going forward on the left flank.
Football Insider verdict:
Leeds are in need of a new full-back in the transfer window and preferably a left footed one to play at left-back. Gaetano Berardi is currently available to Thomas Christiansen as an option at left-back, but he is more comfortable playing on the right hand side. Meanwhile, Vurnon Anita and Luke Ayling are also available to the Yorkshire giants and are most effective at right-back. Leeds should definitely return with a move for Bristol City ace Bryan as he could slot straight into the starting XI. The 23-year-old has great athleticism and has also proven himself to be a strong performer in the Championship. Bryan still has plenty of room to improve and Leeds should ensure that development takes place at Elland Road.
In other Leeds transfer news, the club’s 20-year-old is set to leave in the summer window.