Monk responds to two transfer options offered to him by Leeds chiefs - report
By Alex Stevens
Garry Monk has rejected the chance to sign right-back duo Conor McLaughlin and Reece Wabara, according to a report.
The Yorkshire Evening Post claim the Leeds manager was offered the pair as possible solutions to his search for cover at full-back.
But Monk turned down Fleetwood Town’s McLaughlin and Wigan’s Wabara and is now running the rule over experienced Italian Gabriele Perico.
The former Italy Under-20 international has jetted in to England to undergo a trial at Elland Road and was expected to play in Leeds Under-21s clash against Farsley on Wednesday night.
Perico, 32, is without a club after his two-year spell at Serie B club Cesena ended last month.
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The defender, who is predominantly a right-back but can also cover at centre-back, has considerable pedigree. He has accumulated 99 Serie A appearances as well as 111 in Serie B. He has also played six times for Italy Under-20s.
Perico was also at Cagliari during Leeds chairman Massimo Cellino’s spell as owner of the club.
Gaetano Berardi is the Whites’ only senior right-back although Monk also has youngster Lewie Coyle on the books.
New manager Monk has signed strike duo Kemar Roofe and Marcus Antonsson, goalkeeper Robert Green on a free transfer and brought winger Hadi Sacko, defender Kyle Bartley and midfielder Matt Grimes to the club on season-long loan deals.
In other Leeds transfer news, the Whites are set to offer a deal to a highly-rated midfielder.