By Harvey Byrne
Championship rivals Birmingham are currently in “advanced talks” to sign Bristol City centre-back and Leeds target Aden Flint, according to a reliable journalist.
Former Radio Yorkshire presenter Joe Rawson has claimed on his personal Twitter account on Thursday that the Blues are now pushing forward in their move to sign up the 28-year-old, as Leeds won’t pay what the Bristol club value him at.
@joerawson what's going on with Aden Flint mate
— chris brady ???? (@carpitone) August 3, 2017
Leeds won't pay what Bristol want. Birmingham are in advanced talks but again the fee is higher than they want to pay
— Joe Rawson (@joerawson) August 3, 2017
Rawson’s claim follows on from Football Insider revealing on Tuesday that Birmingham had launched a bid in the region of £5million for Bristol City duo Aden Flint and Joe Bryan.
The bid has since been reported to have been rejected, but Birmignham could have made another attempt for centre-back Flint if they are now in advanced talks.
The towering centre-back has been a key part of the Bristol City team in recent years, starring as they won promotion from League One before helping them maintain their Championship status.
Leeds, meanwhile have Pontus Jansson, Matthew Pennington and Liam Cooper in their squad, but they are reported to be on the search for another centre-back this summer.
Football Insider verdict:
If Leeds are going to spend money on a centre-back this summer then it makes sense for them to re-sign Kyle Bartley, rather than someone like Flint who has not yet proven himself at the top end of the Championship. Bartley was a fan favourite at Elland Road in the last campaign and is understood to have a great relationship with right-back Luke Ayling. Therefore, Bartley would be a much better option for the Yorkshire giants and if he does become available Leeds shouldn’t be too worried about missing out on Flint to Birmingham.
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