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23rd Jul, 2017 | 2:10pm

Six top-flight clubs eyeing Leeds 26-year-old - report

By Derek Smithson

Six clubs from the Swedish top flight are interested in signing Leeds forward Marcus Antonsson, according to a report.

Swedish outlet Football Direkt claim that Malmo FF and AIK have both enquired about the 26-year-old’s availability.

It is understood that fellow Allsvenskan clubs IFK Norrkoping, Hammarby, IFK Goteborg and Kalmar are also monitoring the striker’s situation.

The report details Antonsson is waiting to see his role under new manager Thomas Christiansen before deciding on his future, but it states as return to his homeland Sweden is “most likely”.

Antonsson endured a frustrating first year with Leeds last season and was unable to cement his position in the starting line-up.

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The forward made just 21 appearances across all competitions and managed three goals in return.

He moved to Elland Road after impressing in Sweden, but was unable to replicate his top form in the Championship.

Football Insider verdict:

Leeds should cash in on out of favour forward Antonsson this summer and could still recuperate most of the £2million they originally paid for him. The striker still has a good reputation in Sweden and the amount of interest suggests he could still do a job there. Antonsson is a big physical presence in attack, but has never really shown enough quality in front of goal for the Whites. Leeds should be more than happy with their attacking options as the likes of Chris Wood, Kemar Roofe and Caleb Ekuban can compete for a starting position. Christiansen needs to be target promotion next season to the Premier League and they are a stronger outfit without Antonsson.

In other Leeds transfer news, the club won’t sign Championship defender.

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