COMMENT By Harry Sykes
Leeds are in talks with Premier League side Crystal Palace over a deal for former-England Under-21 midfielder Jordon Mutch, according to a report.
The Sun reports that Leeds see him as a player who has consistently performed well at Championship level throughout his career.
Manager Thomas Christiansen sees him as another piece of the promotion jigsaw and hopes that he can pick him up on the cheap as the player is seemingly not part of Frank de Boer’s future plans.
Mutch joined Crystal Palace from QPR in January 2015 in a deal worth just under £6million.
Chrisiansen is hoping to persuade the London club to cut their losses on the player and sell him in a quick cut-price deal for £2million before the end of the transfer window.
It is also reported that if this doesn’t work for Crystal Palace, Leeds would also be prepared to take him on a season-long loan move – either way would get him off the Palace wage bill.
The 25-year-old has a huge amount of Championship experience with Cardiff, Birmingham, Watford and Doncaster, and would be a brilliant squad player for Leeds.
Christiansen has massively impressed at Elland Road since joining and seems to be moving the club on from the heights achieved by Garry Monk.
A move for Mutch would add another piece to the jigsaw. He’s proven at Championship level and is the perfect player for Leeds to try and hoover up before the end of the window.
He’s probably worth more than the £2million they might get him for – Crystal Palace paid three times that much for him not that long ago.
If they can get him on loan, even better.
It looks like the Chris Wood money is going to go a long way this summer – and it could take Leeds even further… all the way back to the Premier League.
In other Leeds transfer news, a Sky journalist has revealed Garry Monk’s stance on Rudy Gestede after Middlesbrough rejected the Whites’ bid.