By Alex Stevens
Leeds United are in the shake-up to sign two wide midfielders in the summer transfer window, according to a report.
The Mail claim the Yorkshire giants are keeping close tabs on Liverpool left-winger Ryan Kent, 20, and Barnsley right-winger Marley Watkins, 26.
It is said that Bournemouth and newly promoted Brighton are also keen on signing Kent, who is highly rated by Anfield manager Jurgen Klopp but has a galaxy of stars blocking his path to a first-team spot.
The Mail report that Leeds have also made a move to sign Watkins by lodging their interest in the Barnsley goal and assist machine.
Watkins has drawn attention from a number of other clubs, with Burnley, Aston Villa, Cardiff, Bristol City and Ipswich Town also making enquiries for him.
Both players have made a big impact at Oakwell this season, where Kent has spent the season on loan and on the opposite flank to his more experienced teammate.
England Under-20 international Kent, who has two years remaining on his Liverpool contract, has played in 42 of Barnsley’s 44 league games this season, starting 36 of those games and scoring three times as well as supplying three assists.
Former non-league player Watkins, who is out of contract in the summer, has made 39 league appearances for Barnsley this season, scoring an impressive 10 goals as well as laying on nine assists.
Meanwhile, it appears that Leeds will now have to win the final two matches of their league campaign to have any chance of securing a top-six finish.
Garry Monk’s team slumped to a 2-1 defeat at Burton on Saturday to leave their promotion dream in tatters.
They will also be reliant upon other sides slipping up over the next two weekends to have any chance of ending the club’s 13-year spell in the lower leagues.
In other Leeds United transfer news, the club have done the deal for an out-of-window transfer of a midfield player.