Report: Leeds first teamer eyed by PL trio, Monk decision hinges on play-offs
By Dominic Toner
Burnley are eyeing a move for Swansea defender Kyle Bartley, who is currently on a season-long loan at Leeds, according to a report.
The Sun claim that the Clarets have identified the 25-year-old as a summer target as they are resigned to losing England international Michael Keane.
It is understood that fellow Premier League clubs Bournemouth and Stoke could also enter the race for Bartley.
The report details that Whites manager Garry Monk would be keen on keeping the centre-back, but a potential move hinges on whether the Yorkshire club get promoted via the play-offs.
Bartley has enjoyed a fantastic season at Elland Road so far and has been an ever-present in Monk’s starting line-up.
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The powerful defender has made 41 appearances across all competitions and formed a commanding partnership alongside teammate Pontus Jansson at centre-back.
His contract at Swansea is set to expire at the end of next season and his performances for Leeds has drawn the attention of several clubs.
Monk will supposedly move for Bartley if his side obtain promotion and they still need to secure their play-off spot.
The Whites have four games to hold of chasers Fulham, who are just three points behind them.
Football Insider verdict:
Bartley has emerged as a crucial player for Leeds following his summer arrival from Swansea. The defender has captained the side during the absence of Liam Bridcutt and has been one of the club’s most consistent performers. Monk should pull out all the stops to try sign the 25-year-old in the summer and beat off competition from Premier League sides, but that may become impossible if they fail to get promoted this season. He has been phenomenal for Leeds this campaign and a Bartley/Jansson centre-back pairing could have every chance of succeeding in the Premier League.
In other Leeds transfer news, they have been tipped to sign a goalscoring midfielder.