By Wayne Veysey

27th Apr, 2017 | 7:28pm

Leeds to hold talks about signing defender - reliable journalist

By Alex Stevens

Leeds United will hold talks about signing Kyle Bartley from Swansea permanently this summer, according to a reliable journalist.

Yorkshire Evening Post correspondent Phil Hay has claimed in his weekly column that the Yorkshire giants have put discussions about Bartley’s future on hold due to the uncertainty over which league they will be in next season.

However, Hay reports that there “is a conversation still to be had” between Leeds top brass, his parent club Swansea and the player himself.

The Yorkshire giants have been sitting tight on several fronts while the final matches of the season are playing out, with talks about Garry Monk’s contract also on hold.

Leeds hopes of finishing on the top six have been dealt a hammer blow by four defeats in their last six matches.

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There is growing concern among Leeds supporters about what this will mean for the future of some of the key players in this season’s against-the-odds promotion challenge.

Bartley has made a huge impact since joining from Swansea, forming a superb partnership with Jansson that has been the bedrock of Leeds’ promotion challenge.

Jansson insisted on Thursday that he is “100 per cent” committed to Leeds and fully intends to be at the club next season irrespective of whether they go up to the top flight.

The Sun claim that Burnley have identified the Bartley, 25, as a summer target amid doubts over the future of England international Michael Keane, while fellow Premier League clubs Bournemouth and Stoke are also keeping close tabs on the on-loan ace.

The commanding defender has a contract with Swansea that runs until the summer of 2018 after he extended it before heading to Leeds for the campaign.

Bartley is now preparing for Leeds’ final two matches of their league campaign, a home clash against Norwich on Saturday and a trip to Wigan eight days later.

Monk’s team have accumulated 73 points from 44 matches and can still secure a top-six finish and a place in the play-offs, but are relying on their rivals Fulham, Sheffield Wednesday and Reading slipping up.

In other Leeds United transfer news, a stunning £14million bid is being prepared as deal edges closer with Premier League big hitters.

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