By Harry Sykes
Leeds United will need to win a bidding war if they are to secure the signing of Burton Albion midfield kingpin Jackson Irvine, according to a reliable journalist.
Radio Yorkshire correspondent Joe Rawson has claimed on his personal Twitter account that United face competition from Championship rivals Sheffield Wednesday, Derby County and Fulham to land the central midfielder.
Rawson, who is a reliable source of Leeds news, explained there is certainly “interest” in Irvine, 24, from United but they will need to fend off competition to sign him.
— Joe Rawson (@joerawson) July 27, 2017
This comes after reports that the Yorkshire big hitters are lining up a swoop for the Australia international on the back of his eyecatching exploits last season.
Enforcer Irvine joined Burton from Scottish Premiership side Ross County last summer and made a huge impact in his first season in the Championship.
He scored 10 league goals from 44 matches from his central midfield role to finish as the club’s leading scorer, and was key to Nigel Clough’s side avoiding relegation.
Leeds have already made 10 signings this summer but they are reportedly in the market for at least three more as they continue to strengthen their squad.
Football Insider verdict:
Leeds have been reluctant to enter into bidding wars in recent years and it is hard to see that changing under the new regime. Irvine is a player in demand and Derby, Fulham and Wednesday have all showed in recent windows they will push the boat out if they feel the deal is right. There is little evidence that is the case for Leeds, whose limit appears to still be £3million for any new signing, despite Radrizzani taking full ownership in May as Massimo Cellino stepped aside. Irvine has a proven track record in the Championship and would be a fine signing, but will Radrizzani be willing to fend off all rivals?
In other Leeds transfer news, the club have agreed the terms of a stunning £7million deal.