By Richard Parks
Leeds United are exploring three new signings ahead of the summer transfer window, according to a report.
The Yorkshire Evening Post claim that United are keen to land Barnsley full-back Andy Yiadom, Swansea City striker Oli McBurnie and former loanee defender Kyle Bartley.
It is said that Bartley, 26, falls into the marquee category given his huge success at Elland Road last season and that Leeds are “confident” of meeting Swansea’s valuation of the centre-back.
Football Insider verdict:
When news emerged yesterday that Bartley has suffered knee ligament damage and could face another lengthy spell on the sidelines, many Leeds fans claimed on social media they’d rather take the 6ft 4in powerhouse on one leg that most of the other defenders in the squad. Bartley was one half of an outstanding centre-back partnership with Pontus Jansson last season, starting 45 of Leeds’ 46 Championship matches under Garry Monk as the club equalled their best league finish since their Premier League days. Bartley won’t come cheap, given that he signed a four-year deal last August at Swansea that runs until 2021, which Sportrac report is worth £1.5million-a-year, equivalent to £28,000-a-week. But, intriguingly, the YEP report that Leeds are willing to overhaul their wage structure this summer by clearing out the deadwood and reducing numbers to pave the way for more elite players. Bartley would certainly fit into that category.