Leeds United have not begun talks over a potential swoop for Swansea City defender Kyle Bartley despite claims suggesting that discussions were already well underway, according to a report.

Wales Online crucially claim that their sources at the Premier League club have rubbished a report from the Yorkshire Evening Post which had said that the sides had entered initial negotiations to see the 6’4″ powerhouse return to Elland Road after a season-long loan spell during the 2016/17 campaign.

It is said that Bartley’s return to Leeds is dependent on whether the Swans can avoid dropping out of the top flight with relegation a big threat as they enter the final stages of the season, sitting just one point above the drop zone with three games left to play.

With the reported status of talks not as advanced as suggested, Leeds could be left sweating over a deal, as they look to bring back the man who made 45 league starts for the Whites as he helped them to a seventh placed finish.

Football Insider verdict

It seems as though there are mixed messages being filtered down to the media from the respective clubs, but that does not mean they have not met over Bartley’s future. While Swansea might say talks have not yet begun, Leeds could have still made an initial enquiry over what looks to be a smart move for the Whites. Bartley is a proven talent in the Championship and it was a surprise not to see Leeds make a move for him last summer – a decision which they may well have regretted considering the way the current campaign has gone. Getting experienced names through the door is crucial to making an improvement on the bitterly disappointing season which is nearly at an end, and Bartley certainly fits the bill.

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