Barry Douglas will be “desperate” to leave Leeds United before the domestic transfer deadline, according to Alan Hutton.

The former Aston Villa and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, admits his fellow countryman has had a “difficult” two years at Elland Road.

As revealed by Football Insider, the 31-year-old is expected to leave the club during the domestic window after he was given the green light by Marcelo Bielsa to leave amid strong interest from the Championship.

Watford have made an approach for the left-back as the Hornets look to take advantage of the extended window between Premier League and EFL sides.

Douglas has been frozen out by Marcelo Bielsa and has not featured in any of the matchday squads for their Premier League games.

Hutton admits he expected greater things from the full-back and that the defender will be looking to secure some regular game time.

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Hutton told Football Insider: “It’s been strange. I thought the move from Wolves to Leeds was strange at the time.

“I thought he was an excellent player, he really got up and down well, he was energetic, a wonderful left foot and he’s not really played at Leeds. He had a couple of injuries, did he not? He struggled a little bit.

“Again, it’s been a difficult one for him. At that end of your career you want to be playing, you don’t want to be sitting on the bench or not making squads, you want to be playing football.

“He might have an eye on international as well, he’s got some very good players in front of him but he’ll still want to be up at that level.

“Another player that would be desperate for a move and if it’s back to the Championship, fine. At least he’ll get the time and he’ll play every week.”

In other Leeds United news, Noel Whelan has been left raving over a move for an “Exciting” 22-year-old who can still be signed.