Former Leeds United centre-back Kyle Bartley could be set to reunite with Garry Monk at Middlesbrough, according to Radio Yorkshire.

Monk is set to be appointed manager of Middlesbrough ahead of former Derby County and Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson, following his resignation as manager of Leeds United.

The former Swansea City defender and manager fell out with new owner Andrea Radrizzani, and no agreement could be made over a new contract.

It was a disappointing end to an incredible season for the Yorkshire club, who put poor early form behind them to launch a serious push for the Play-Offs, in which they just fell short, finishing 7th, after a turbulent end to the season.

Perhaps the biggest impact Monk made on the club was how he brought a real sense of optimism and a feel-good factor back to Elland Road – something that has been missing for years.

However, one man’s loss is another man’s gain, and Middlesbrough have acted quick to tie down Monk, who is expected to sign a deal bringing him to the Riverside ahead of next season.

One player he is keen to bring with him is Kyle Bartley, who featured under him at Swansea and established himself as a fans favourite at Elland Road last season on loan at Leeds.

With 24-year-old centre-back Ben Gibson almost certain to leave the Teesiders this summer, Bartley could be a perfect replacement for the England youth international, and Monk will be keen to maintain the quality in a back line that showed last season it can perform at the highest level.


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