Leeds United must try and beat Premier League giants Tottenham to the signing of Besiktas defender Dusko Tosic if they want to guarantee a top six spot in the Championship this season.

Turkish sports news outlet Fanatik have claimed that Spurs, as well as Stoke City, are keen on snapping up the 32-year-old Serbian international in the upcoming January transfer window, but it should be the Whites who secure his signature in the new year.

It is said that the president of Besiktas, Fikret Orman, will be willing to let the experienced centre back depart for a fee of just £4.4million (€5million), a fee which will likely be well within the budget made available for Thomas Christiansen next month.

While Spurs would likely use Tosic as a squad player, the defender could play a crucial role at Elland Road, offering both first choice centre backs Liam Cooper and Pontus Jansson some serious competition for a role at the heart of the defence, something they have been lacking so far.

His experience of playing at the pinnacle of football, with 21 caps for Serbia and 18 appearances in the Champions League for both Besiktas and Wolfsburg, place him a step above Christiansen’s current options at Leeds, as well as many of the players he would come up against in the Championship.

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A regular for Besiktas this season, with 22 appearances across all competitions, he would not need much time bedding in to the current squad at Leeds, which can be a crucial factor when clubs make moves in the winter window.

If the Whites were to plump for his signing, they would be one step closer to guaranteeing a play off spot this season, and it would be a real statement of the ambition being shown at Elland Road.

In other Leeds United news, the club have been handed both a boost and a blow for their clash with Birmingham City.

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