Aden Flint of Bristol City looks to avoid a sliding challenge

By Harvey Byrne

Championship side Birmingham are set to win the race over Leeds for Bristol City centre-back Aden Flint, according to a reliable journalist.

Former Radio Yorkshire presenter Joe Rawson has claimed on his personal Twitter account that the Midlands outfit are to beat the Yorkshire giants to the 28-year-old’s signature.

Rawson then went on to claim that Leeds were not willing to pay the fee for Flint, believed to be around £4million and £5million, while Harry Redknapp’s Birmingham side are.

The Rawson claim follows one he made earlier in the week, stating that Leeds were cooling their interest in Flint because of his valuation, but that they could return at a later date as he was being allowed to leave Ashton Gate this summer.

However, it would now seem that any hopes of Flint lining up for the Elland Road giants is now over with a move to Birmingham now firmly on the cards.

Football Insider verdict:

Flint was a solid option in the Bristol City team, but on Friday he was replaced in their own ranks by the incoming Nathan Baker, showing that there are certainly better options than Flint for Leeds. If the Yorkshire giants were ever considering splashing out £5million on the 28-year-old then should have just used the money to bring in Baker from Aston Villa. It is clear that Leeds do still need a new centre-back with just Pontus Jansson, Liam Cooper and Matthew Pennington in the squad, but they are not desperate enough to splash out a seven-figure fee for the likes of Flint and if they do have such money available then they should reserve it for Kyle Bartley.

In other Leeds transfer news, a journalist has reported the Whites’ stance on this Premier League defender.

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