Leeds United have suffered another disappointment in the transfer market, with long-term target Kyle Bartley agreeing personal terms with divisional rivals West Bromwich Albion this afternoon.
The Whites have already missed out on several key transfer targets this summer, with first attacking duo Matej Vydra and Abel Hernandez seeing moves fail to materialise, as well as attempts to sign Angus Gunn from Manchester City and David Stockdale from Birmingham City.
Bartley spent the 2016-17 campaign on loan with Leeds and made a name for himself as a solid Championship level centre-back, establishing an excellent partnership with Swedish teammate Pontus Jansson.
Despite the club’s best attempts, Bartley spent last season with Swansea but played a bit-part role as the Swans dropped out of the Premier League, making just five appearances all season.
Swansea boss Graham Potter made the 27-year-old available for transfer this summer, with an asking price of £4 million set, but the Whites failed to act on their early interest and have now seemingly missed out on signing the former Rangers man, according to journalist Alan Nixon.
Instead, Bartley looks set to join West Brom on a permanent basis and will prove a key part of the restructuring job Darren Moore is carrying out at the Hawthorns this season, joining up with fellow new signing Sam Johnstone, who arrived from Manchester United earlier in the window.
However, this is light at the end of the tunnel for Leeds fans, with Domingos Quina and Jordan Hugill both expected to join in the coming days.