According to respected French media outlet L’Equipe, Leeds United are one of a host of sides pushing to sign French defender Yoann Barbet, a defender currently plying his trade at Championship rivals Brentford.
The 25-year-old centre-back has been at the Bees since a £600,000 move from Ligue 2 side FC Niort in July 2015. Since that move, he’s progressed to being an essential fixture in the Brentford side – featuring 118 times for the Londoners.
The Talence-born, former one-cap France Under-18 international has featured 37 times for Brentford this season, showing his versatility turning out not only in his normal position at the centre of defence but also featuring 16 times as a left-back.
His current deal is up this summer and this has alerted sides to his potential availability. L’Equipe place Leeds United as amongst these sides expressing an interest, although they are not alone in this. Should the Whites want to land experienced defender Barbet on a free deal, they will have to battle for his signature.
Leeds United’s season is perfectly balanced, if a little precarious in its nature. The Whites led the way for a while with their spectacular brand of football. However, recent results have seen them fall away somewhat meaning that promotion to the Premier League is likely to be through the lottery of the play-offs.
L’Equipe mention that Lique 1 sides Montpellier and Angers (amongst others) are interested in bringing him back to France. Added to that, Leeds United will also have to contend with interest from Norwich City, who look likely to gain automatic promotion to the Premier League and current Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers.