Fresh from missing out on Swansea City defender Kyle Bartley, Leeds United have been ruled out of the running for Brentford centre-back John Egan.

The Whites have desperately been trying to bring in a new centre-half this summer but to no avail and after the club were ruled out of the race to sign Swansea City’s West Brom-bound defender Kyle Bartley in midweek, things were looking down.

And now the club’s transfer woes could be set to get even worse, with a proposed move for Brentford’ highly-rated centre-back John Egan seemingly out of the question too.

Leeds had previously been linked with a move for the 25-year-old former Gillingham man, but journalist Alan Nixon ruled the Whites out of the running for both Bartley and Egan on Thursday night.

With Egan’s centre-back partner and full Wales international Chris Mepham currently being headhunted by Premier League outfit Bournemouth, who have endured their own transfer woes so far this summer, missing out on several key targets, Brentford are reluctant to let Egan leave the club and would likely command a huge transfer fee for the Republic of Ireland international.

With very few links left and several key transfer targets exhausted, Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa has a huge job on his hands to satisfy the Leeds United faithful as fans continue to be frustrated by their club’s transfer business so far this summer – the loan arrival of Lewis Baker from Chelsea has been the only noteworthy addition to the squad so far this summer.

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