Leeds United have been chasing Kyle Bartley for a while now, but as the72 reported yesterday that deal looks like it may fall through.
Huddersfield Town’s 1-1 draw at Chelsea ensured their safety, and virtually condemned Swansea City to relegation back to the Sky Bet Championship.
Swansea City becoming a second tier club is the worst thing that could have happened for Leeds United as they try to sign Kyle Bartley, as it is unlikely that the Welsh side will want to sell to a team in the same league as them.
Because of this, Leeds must start to look for alternatives. We look at three potential players that the Whites could bring in instead of Kyle Bartley.
1) Ryan Tafazolli – Peterborough United:
Leeds United already have an interest in two Peterborough players in the form of Jack Marriott and Marcus Maddison, so why not make it a hat-trick? Whilst Posh’s defensive record this season may not have been great, Ryan Tafazolli has been a shining light, and has delivered a number of class performances at the heart of the defence. He is still young, and still learning, and a move to Elland Road could be beneficial for both parties.
2) Robert Huth – Leicester City:
This transfer may seem a bit far fetched, but Robert Huth is out of contract at current club Leicester City at the end of the season, and it is unlikely that they will look to renew it. Huth is 33-years-old, so whilst he may still have life in him yet, he will not be up to Premier League standards, and a move to the second tier may benefit him more.
3) Danny Batth – Wolverhampton Wanderers:
Although Danny Batth is the club captain at Sky Bet Championship winners Wolves, he did not feature much in their title winning season, and with the players that Nuno Santo’s side are being linked with, it remains unlikely that he will feature in their plans for the Premier League. That being said, he is a proven second tier defender, and Leeds were even linked with him last year. It may be well worth their while to enquire about his availability this summer.