Leeds in pole position to land Premier League midfielder after eyecatching start to Euro 2016 - report
By Tom Blackburn
Leeds are interested in Sunderland midfielder Seb Larsson as he prepares to leave the Stadium of Light, according to a report.
Leeds’ boss Garry Monk is said to be keen on the midfielder as he looks to strengthen the squad in key attacking positions this summer.
The Newcastle Chronicle claim Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce has no use for the Swedish midfielder, who has just one year left on his contract.
It is said that Leeds are front-runners to land the 31-year-old set-piece specialist, who is currently at Euro 2016 and impressed in his opening match for Sweden.
Conventionally a central midfielder, Larsson can also play out wide and played in both positions as he made 18 league appearances for the Black Cats last season.
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He played the full-match in Sweden’s first game at Euro 2016, when they came from 1-0 down to draw with the Republic of Ireland.
Larsson is well known for his quality of delivery and ability to retain possession, and he would be an asset to Leeds who struggled for consistency last season, finishing 13th in the Championship.
In total, he has played over 150 times for the Black Cats since joining in 2011 from Birmingham.
He has been a highly important player in Wearside for the majority of his stay, and it was only a year ago that he won the club’s Player of the Year Award.
It is unlikely that Leeds will be the only team interested in Larsson, who would be a major coup in the Championship.