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15th Jan, 2017 | 1:41pm

Reliable journalist: Leeds summer deal likely for reported highly-rated 21-year-old defender

By Will Butcher

Leeds are hoping to complete a move for Partick Thistle defender Liam Lindsay in the summer, according to a reliable journalist.

Sun correspondent Alan Nixon revealed on his personal Twitter account that the highly-rated 21-year-old defender is “likely to be a summer deal.”

The Daily Record claimed in December that Lindsay was on Garry Monk’s shortlist, as he continues to shine in the Jags defence against Scottish Premiership strikers.

It is believed that the Yorkshire giants’ scouts filed an eye-catching report and rate the player highly. They believed he could be crucial in their attempt to end a 13-season wait by returning to the Premier League.

However, it looks like Lindsay will not be allowed to travel down south until the summer, as he remains a pivotal part of Alan Archibald’s side.

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Known for his goalscoring prowess from the back, Lindsay has scored six goals in 24 league and cup appearances as well as helping to keep five clean sheets in that time.

With 55 appearances already under his belt for the Jags, Lindsay possesses the experience and quality needed to offer Leeds quality. However, Monk will be made to wait for the 6ft 3in powerhouse until the summer.

Football Insider verdict:

Possessing just one permanent centre-back at Elland Road, Monk has identified the heart of his defence as an area that needs strengthening this month. His current defensive crisis that sees Liam Cooper out injured and Pontus Jansson suspended has forced him to field a makeshift defence and could tempt Monk to enter the market in January. Although he is reportedly unable to sign until the summer, Lindsay will be worth the wait if signed. Possessing all the necessary traits of a top-class defender at the back, Lindsay has his best years ahead of him and is only going to get better if a move to Yorkshire materialised.

In other Leeds transfer news, co-owner Andrea Radrizzani has revealed he is looking to toe down the contract of this star man.

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