Report: Leeds plot move for international left-back, contract ends in six months
By Will Butcher
Leeds are eyeing a move for Bradford left-back James Meredith, according to a report.
Australia’s FourFourTwo claim the Australia international, 28, who has entered the final six months of his contract with the League one club, is on the radar of the Championship high flyers.
The Yorkshire giants’ first-choice left-back, Charlie Taylor, is also out of contract next summer after he rejected talks over a new deal earlier this year.
Bringing in Australia international Meredith could mean Monk has given up in his attempts to tie down Taylor, as Premier League clubs look to make a January move for the 23-year-old.
Known for his explosive speed, Bradford’s number three is more than willing to get forward and provide his side with an attacking outlet on the left flank.
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Meredith has scored once for the Bantams this season against Bristol Rovers, as well as turning provider against MK Dons during his 22 league and cup appearances this season.
He has also won two full cap for the Australia national team.
Coming through the ranks at Derby County, Meredith could also be brought to Elland Road to provide cover for Taylor with youngster Tyler Denton not yet considered ready for regular first-team action.
Football Insider verdict:
Bringing in Meredith would be a useful signing for Leeds, who are in desperate need of a left-back with Taylor likely to leave. Since joining Bradford in 2012, Meredith has quickly developed the reputation of being one of the best left-backs in the third tier and could be available in a cut-price deal in January. However, Meredith has not played in the Championship before and could find the step up in quality difficult to handle. Manager Monk would be well advised to scour the market for more suitable recruits before settling on Meredith, as the former Swansea boss looks to mastermind Leeds’ first return to the Premier League since 2004.
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