Leeds United would be getting a “very, very good” young defender if they could sign Elkan Baggott from Ipswich Town.

That is according to former Ipswich and England striker Darren Bent who, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, has revealed there is huge excitement about the 6ft 5in centre-back from those at Portman Road.

As revealed by Football Insider earlier this week, Leeds and West Ham are both in pursuit of the 18-year-old this month after he turned down the offer of a professional contract with the Tractor Boys.

The Bangkok-born centre-back made his first-team debut earlier this season as he started and played the full 90 minutes in Ipswich’s 2-0 win over Gillingham Town in the EFL Trophy.

Bent, who still has strong connections to the League One outfit, has admitted he can see why Leeds are interested in the youngster renowned for his aerial prowess.

Bent told Football Insider: First of all, Leeds better leave my young Ipswich Town players alone, just leave them where they’re at.

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“He’s a youngster I’ve seen quite a lot this season, he is very, very good. I’ve seen him a fair bit and obviously, I still speak to a number of people who have been raving about him.

Leeds obviously identifying this is a young lad that could get better so I can fully understand it because he’s a good player. 

“He reads the game relatively well for a youngster, for a young kid he reads the game very well. He’s relatively comfortable in possession as well.

“The biggest thing for defenders, I think too many people get caught up on like John Stones, for instance, that that type of centre half that can play, can bring it out. I’d compare him more to someone who takes pride in his defending.”

In other news, Rodrigo De Paul “will be wearing a Leeds United jersey by the end of January” after a huge Twitter update.