By Darren Bent

14th Oct, 2020 | 12:58pm

Pundit Exclusive: Multiple clubs will be keen to sign 'Top' Leeds player after big development

Darren Bent believes there will be a lot of Championship clubs interested in signing Leeds United defender Barry Douglas.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Tottenham and England forward delivered his verdict after the Whites cut their asking price for the 31-year-old.

This site revealed that they are willing to accept less than £1.5million for the left-back after he held talks with Championship sides Watford and Blackburn Rovers.

The Yorkshire giants would prefer a permanent deal rather than a loan as they look to recoup some of their £3million investment in Douglas after he entered the final year of his contract.

The Scottish international has not made a Premier League matchday squad this season and now appears to be Marcelo Bielsa’s fourth-choice left-back.

Asked by Football Insider whether a move back to the Championship is best for all involved, Bent said: “Yes, potentially.

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“He’s found it tough understandably because they’ve played superbly.

“It’s a tough one because do you stick at it and hopefully you get a few minutes in the Premier League and show your worth and get yourself in the team but then your risking the fact you might not play.

“Or do you go somewhere and play week in, week out, in the Championship? It is a really tough one.

“At the same time he’s a top player and I’m sure if he is made available they’ll be a lot of Championship clubs in for him.”

Douglas joined Leeds United from Wolves in 2018 after helping the Midlands club to the Championship title.

Across two seasons he played 41 League games for the club but made just six Championship starts last campaign as Leeds secured the title.

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