By Kevin Phillips

18th Dec, 2020 | 12:00pm

Pundit Exclusive: Leeds tipped to swoop for £100K-a-wk Man United ace after Athletic reveal

Man United defender Marcos Rojo has been tipped to make a shock move to Leeds United in January.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, former England striker Kevin Phillips claimed the defender would be a shrewd signing for Marcelo Bielsa’s side in the upcoming window.

Leeds have been badly hit by injuries in defence in recent weeks with summer signing Robin Koch ruled out until March and Gaetano Berardi unlikely to return before February.

The Athletic report that Man United are working on a January exit for Rojo, who is keen to find regular football elsewhere in the Premier League.

His £100,000-a-week contract expires at Old Trafford next summer and the 30-year-old is expected to go out on loan next month.

Leeds United’s opponents on Wednesday, Newcastle United, are among the teams linked with the Argentine, who can play left-back as well as centre-back.

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“I think Newcastle, Leeds and a few other clubs will be looking at Rojo,” Phillips told Football Insider.

“I am sure there would be a lot of clubs on tracking him but Leeds is an appealing club at the moment.

“It is a big gamble going from United to Leeds but players are not bothered these days. Logistically it might work for him.

“Going to Leeds, with the exciting football that they’re playing, could be a possibility for Rojo.

“I would imagine Bielsa would look at that because that is an area they could do with strengthening in. He also has the experience of playing in big games at a big club.”

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