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2nd Jul, 2016 | 6:12pm

Report: Leeds launch bid to sign Everton stalwart in bid to bring more goals to team

By Will Butcher

Leeds are weighing up a shock move for Leon Osman following his release by Everton, according to a report.

Elland Road manager Garry Monk is on the lookout for Premier League experience to add to his new side and Osman on the top of his wishlist.

The Daily Mail claim Osman has caught Monk’s eye as he tries to build a squad capable of fighting for promotion.

The loyal midfielder spent 19 years at Goodison Park until his contract ended in June and is looking for a new club.

Monk has already added Premier League experience to his young squad this summer, reuniting on Friday with centre-back Kyle Bartley as well as appointing James Beattie as first-team coach

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With only four recognised first-team central midfielders on the books at Elland Road in Lewis Cook, Toumani Diagouraga, Alex Mowatt and Luke Murphy, the former Swansea manager needs depth and it seems that Osman fits the bill for Monk.

The 35-year-old had been with Everton since he was 16, racking up a very impressive 433 appearances for the Toffees. He also has an eye for a goal, scoring 57 goals for the Merseysiders, 43 of which were Premier League strikes.

Goals from midfield were lacking in Leeds’ team last year and Monk has identified as an issue to rectify as he eyes a proven goalscoring midfielder.

However, Osman only managed 217 minutes of Premier League football last season and it remains to be seen whether the England international can be considered a viable signing.

In other Leeds news, Monk is looking at bringing in this former Juventus winger.