By Harry Sykes
Leeds United will prioritise the permanent signing of Kyle Bartley this summer but only if Garry Monk remains as manager, according to a report.
The Yorkshire Evening Post claim the future of Monk will have a direct bearing on the club’s summer recruitment, including that of defensive lynchpin Bartley.
It is said that converting the centre-back’s season-long loan into a permanent transfer from Swansea will be top of the agenda if the current manager remains at the helm.
Reports emerged on Sunday that Monk is set to be sacked by joint-owners Andrea Radrizzani and Massimo Cellino after the club missed out on promotion to the Premier League.
But supporters are desperate for Monk, who signed only a 12-month contract when he was appointed as manager last summer, to remain at the helm and have besieged Radrizzani with messages on Twitter urging him not to sack the 38-year-old.
Bartley admitted in the aftermath of Leeds’ shattering 3-3 draw to Norwich on Saturday that he will be back at Swansea next season when his loan spell ends and that he has not heard from Elland Road chiefs about the possibility of a permanent transfer.
Nevertheless, he spoke warmly about Monk’s management skills and how Leeds powerbrokers must ensure that he is handed a long-term contract after transforming the fortunes of the team during their against-the-odds promotion challenge.
Bartley has one-year remaining on the Swansea contract that he signed when he left to join Leeds last July.
The erratic Cellino has sacked a staggering six managers since buying an initial majority stake in the club in January 2014.
Monk will be the first Elland Road boss to see out a full campaign since Brian McDermott in 2014.
In other Leeds United news, the deal is all but done for the club to complete the transfer of an experienced Premier League man from West Ham.