Reliable journalist: Leeds close to signing defender, contract terms settled
By Dominic Toner
Leeds are set to announce the signing of defender Luke Ayling, according to a reliable journalist.
Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Phil Hay claimed on his personal Twitter account on Wednesday evening that Leeds are closing in on a three-year deal for Bristol City defender Luke Ayling.
Leeds United close to signing Bristol City defender Luke Ayling on a three-year deal. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) August 10, 2016
Radio Yorkshire presenter Joe Rawson confirmed on Twitter that the club were set to announce a midfielder and a right-back by the end off the weekend and Ayling looks like being the first of those two deals.
The Bristol Post claimed that Celtic were eyeing a move for the defender but Leeds look set to win the battle.
Ayling, 24, plays on the right hand side of a three man defence at Bristol and can also play at either centre-back or right-back.
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He was a key member of the Bristol squad last season, playing 36 times across all competitions for the club.
The defender is now into the final year of his contract, so the club could be willing to let him go.
Ayling is formerly of Arsenal, and has been at Bristol for two seasons since joining for an undisclosed fee from Yeovil.
Garry Monk has been in the market for a new centre-back during the transfer window as they currently have just three senior players in that position, Sol Bamba, Liam Cooper and on-loan Kyle Bartley.
Bamba and Bartley partnered each other in central defence in Sunday’s 3-0 Championship defeat to QPR as Cooper has still not fully recovered from injury and was on the substitute’s bench.
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