Leeds offer contract to released Premier League defender - report
By Harvey Byrne
Leeds have offered defender Joel Ekstrand a contract following his release from Watford, according to a report.
Bristol publication The Bristol Post claim that Leeds along with Reading and Bristol City are all vying for the 27-year-old Sweden international.
The report says the Yorkshire giants and Reading have both offered a contract to the one-time capped Sweden international.
If Leeds were to get a deal over the line for the centre-back he would become new boss Garry Monk’s second Swedish signing for the club.
Striker Marcus Antonsson put pen to paper on a three-year deal with Leeds on Tuesday, joining from Swedish side Kalmar for an undisclosed fee.
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Ekstrand joined Watford from Udinese in 2012 where he made 100 appearances for the club during his four-year stay.
The Swedish defender experienced three years of Championship football at Vicarage Road and played a key role in Watford’s promotion year during the 2014-15 season where he featured in 25 encounters for the club.
However, during the successful campaign Ekstrand suffered a cruciate ligament injury and did not feature for the club again before being released in the summer of 2016.
In other Leeds news, Arsenal are plotting a shock swoop for right-back Sam Bryam.