Reliable journalist: Leeds move for top-flight centre-back is live (not Bartley)
By Harvey Byrne
Leeds move for young Partick Thistle defender Liam Lindsay is “live”, according to a reliable journalist.
The Sun’s transfer expert Alan Nixon has claimed on his personal Twitter account on Sunday afternoon that the Yorkshire giants are still pressing for a move for the 21-year-old defender who is currently playing in Scotland’s top-flight.
Garry Monk currently has centre-backs Pontus Jansson and Kyle Bartley as his two first choice defenders.
However, Bartley is only on loan from Premier League outfit Swansea and may return to Wales at the end of the current campaign.
But, if Leeds did manage to tie up Bartley to a permanent deal then it is felt that the club would still need to bolster their defensive depth with Liam Cooper the only natural backup for the first choice pair.
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Now, Lindsay has cemented himself as the first choice in Partick’s defence at his young age, playing in 32 Premiership matches this season which has seen him return six goals up the other end of the pitch.
It is thought that Monk, who was a centre-back during his playing career would have a good eye for players of that position and he may have liked what he has seen from the young Lindsay who still has two years left on his contract.
Football Insider verdict:
As mentioned it is vital that Leeds add to their defensive depth in the summer no matter what division they are in. Now, Lindsay is unknown in England and it is hard to judge how good he is by his Premieship performances due to the level of the Scottish top-flight. However, if the Whites scouts have liked what they have seen and given his age then he could become a huge success at the Yorkshire giants. Additionally, due to coming from Scotland it is thought that his valuation may be a lot lower than what the club would pay for an English-based player.
In other Leeds transfer news, the Whites are also “very keen” on this Premier League left winger.