Leeds United are ready to sell defender Lewie Coyle in January despite his impressive spells out on loan, Football Insider understands.
The United academy product, 24, has been a star player for Fleetwood Town during three consecutive seasons loaned out to the League One club.
A Leeds source told Football Insider that Leeds are set to explore the possibility of permanently offloading Coyle in the winter window.
Fleetwood are keen on signing the right-back, whose latest loan spell is due to expire at the end of next month.
One possibility is he re-joins the third-tier club on another loan in January ahead of becoming a free agent at the end of the season, when Leeds could still secure development costs for their homegrown player.
However, the January window represents United’s last chance of securing a significant fee for a player rated highly by Joey Barton at Highbury.
Coyle’s contract at Leeds expires next summer and he has not played for his parent club during Marcelo Bielsa’s reign.
Bielsa resisted the opportunity to recall Coyle from his loan in January of this year, even though Leeds were in the midst of an injury crisis in defence at the time, with Liam Cooper, Gaetano Berardi and Stuart Dallas all suffering long-term injuries.
Coyle has impressed at Highbury, winning the club’s Player of the Year award at the end of his debut campaign in 2017-18, and making 110 appearances in total for Fleetwood.
He has started 15 league matches this season and been a key player for Barton’s eighth-placed side, supplying four assists from right-back.
The man who has graduated from the Elland Road youth ranks was also right-back during his time at Leeds, but has also been used by Barton at left-back, centre-back and even in central midfield.
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