By Derek Smithson
Leeds are unlikely to sign Bristol City defender Aden Flint, according to a reliable journalist.
Yorkshire Evening Post’s chief football writer Phil Hay has claimed on his personal Twitter account that he doesn’t believe the Whites are chasing the signature of the 28-year-old.
Thomas Christiansen’s side are in the market for some defensive reinforcements and Flint’s name has cropped up as a potential suitor.
However, Hay has seemingly squashed any rumours and suggests that Leeds are not interested in the centre-back.
I might be wrong, and you can lynch me if I am, but I don't think Leeds want Flint. The impression I get.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) July 19, 2017
HITC Sport claim that the Championship side are chasing Bristol City left-back Joe Bryan as they look to fill the void left by summer departure Charlie Taylor.
Flint has been with the Robins since 2013 and has become a crucial player for them.
The 6ft 5in defender was an ever-present in their side last season and made 53 appearances across all competitions.
He has become renowned for his goalscoring capabilities and managed to chip in with goals during the last campaign.
Leeds appear to be missing out on Flint, but did sign Everton centre-back Matthew Pennington on loan on Wednesday.
That leaves Christiansen with Liam Cooper, Pontus Jansson and youngster Pennington as his centre-back options going into the new season.
Football Insider verdict:
Bristol City defender Flint would be a perfect fit for Leeds and his Championship know-how would be very effective at Elland Road. The 28-year-old is an extremely consistent defender and is likely to have another strong season at the Robins. Meanwhile, the Whites need to chase one more centre-back signing as they are currently one player short. The capture of emerging talent Pennington from Everton is an exciting one, but they should target an experienced player as an alternative option. Manager Christiansen is certainly going to need at least four genuine centre-back options to cope with the gruelling Championship season, while versatile defender Luke Ayling can also step in if needed.
In other Leeds transfer news, the club have made their senior player available to move on this summer.