EXCLUSIVE By Wayne Veysey
Leeds United defender Liam Kitching is set to be confirmed as a Forest Green player after undergoing a medical at the club, Football Insider can reveal.
Football Insider broke the news exclusively yesterday that the 19-year-old was in advanced talks to move to the League Two outfit after Marcelo Bielsa gave the go-ahead for him to be sold permanently.
A Leeds source has told Football Insider that Kitching has accepted Forest Green’s offer of a three-year contract and agreed personal terms with the club.
Forest Green are also expected to pay a six-figure transfer fee for player after he impressed them while on loan at Harrogate Town over the last 18 months.
Kitching, who is a left footed centre-back who can also play at left-back is set to be one of three Leeds central defenders to be sold within the space of a few days.
Aapo Halme joined Barnsley for £500,000 last week and first-team star Pontus Jansson is poised to join Brentford for £5.5million after agreeing a contract worth more than £20,000-a-week.
This has prompted concern among Leeds fans and observers whether the club have the defensive resources to go one better than last season’s third place Championship finish.
Unlike Jansson and Halme, Kitching has not played for the Leeds first team but he has acquired valuable experience out on loan over the last year-and-a-half.
He made 34 appearances last season, all of them starts, for Harrogate Town in the fifth division of the English football system.