Report: Leeds close in on 25-year-old Premier League ace, player keen to join
By Alex Stevens
Kyle Bartley is keen to join Leeds on a season-long loan deal from Swansea, according to a report.
Manager Garry Monk is eyeing a move to sign the centre-back as he steps up his overhaul of the Championship club’s squad.
The Yorkshire Evening Post claim that Bartley is willing to move to Elland Road for the forthcoming campaign in what would be a major boost to Leeds.
The 25-year-old worked under Monk while the new Leeds boss was manager of the Premier League club.
Bartley has also had previous spells in the Championship playing on loan at Birmingham and Sheffield United.
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The Whites are in the market for new centre-backs after struggling in that area in the recently completed season where they conceded 59 goals and Swansea appear willing to allow the defender to move north for the whole of the 2016-17 campaign.
Bartley joined Swansea from Arsenal in 2012 and is out of contract in a year’s time.
The centre-back was used infrequently for the Swans during the 2015-16 season, making just eight appearances in all competitions which included a start in Monk’s final fixture as manager, a 3-0 defeat to Leicester last December.
Monk secured his first signing of the summer earlier this week when Marcus Antonsson joined from Swedish club Kalmar in a deal worth a reported £2million.