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13th Jan, 2017 | 3:02pm

Report: Leeds in two-horse race to sign international defender, player keen to move

By Dominic Toner

Leeds are in a two-horse race to sign Celtic defender Emilio Izaguirre, according to a report.

The Scottish Sun claim that the Whites are set to rival Sheffield Wednesday for the 30-year-old’s signature and that his current contract expires at the end of the season.

It is understood that Leeds are looking to add to their squad for the second half of the season and Garry Monk is a big admirer of the left-back.

The report details that Izaguirre wants to move on from the Bhoys at the end of his contract as he searches for regular game time, while Monk wants to seal a deal this month.

Izaguirre is regarded as the second-choice left-back at Celtic Park, but has enjoyed minutes this campaign following an injury to Kieran Tierney.

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The full-back has made 16 appearances this season across all competitions and has been an important member of Brendan Rodgers’ side.

He is an experienced defender and has racked up 250 appearances during his time in Scotland with Celtic.

Izaguirre also has 86 international caps for Honduras and scored on his last appearance for them back in November against Trinidad and Tobago.

Football Insider verdict:

Leeds would be getting an experienced player in Izaguirre if they signed him and should be able to get him at a good price, with his existing deal set to expire in six months time. The left-back has plenty of experience from his stay with Celtic and a move to England could be a good next step. He is a regular international for Honduras and would bring great value to the youthful Whites squad. However, Leeds do already have several left-back options in their squad and his arrival could spell the end for one of them. Charlie Taylor is regarded as the club’s best left-back and the Yorkshire club recently rejected £7million bids for him from Premier League sides. Garry Monk also has Tyler Denton and Gaetano Berardi who have played at left-back already this season.

In other Leeds transfer news, the club are in the running to sign a left-footed Premier League wizard.

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