With Leeds United target Aden Flint completing his move from Middlesbrough to fellow Championship promotion hopefuls Cardiff City on Friday afternoon, here are three alternatives Leeds United could look at this summer.
Dan Burn – Brighton & Hove Albion
The 27-year-old commanding centre-half signed for Premier League outfit Brighton from Wigan last season after two impressive seasons with the Latics but after failing to make a Premier League appearance during the first half of last season he was sent back to Wigan on loan.
With Lewis Dunk, Shane Duffy, Leon Balogun and now highly-rated defender Matt Clarke already on the book the Seagulls are already stacked at the back and could be prepared to let Burn go on a permanent basis.
Standing at 6 feet and 7 inches tall Burn is an aerial threat in both boxes just like Flint and would be available for a much cheaper price.
Matt Miazga – Chelsea
Big things were expected of Matt Miazga after joining Premier League giants Chelsea from US club New York Red Bulls but the US international failed to ever break into the first-team and has made just two league appearances to date.
Sent on loan to Reading for the second half of last season, Miazga was integral to the Royals’ Championship survival and established a formidable partnership with the highly-rated Liam Moore at the back.
Calm on the ball and dominant in the air, the centre-back would be an improvement on Aden Flint and a perfect replacement for Pontus Jansson alongside Liam Cooper and would almost certainly be available, at least on loan, after being left out of Chelsea’s pre-season tour.
Michael Hector – Chelsea
A product of Reading’s academy, Chelsea raised plenty of eyebrows when signing Michael Hector for £5million back in 2015 and while the now 26-year-old defender never made the grade at Stamford Bridge, he has established himself as a quality Championship level centre-back.
After fairly successful loan spells with Frankfurt and Hull City, Hector went on loan to Sheffield Wednesday last season where he won the club’s player of the season award, establishing himself as a key part of Steve Bruce’s solid backline during the second half of the season.
Standing at 6 feet and 4 inches tall Hector is more than capable in their air but his real asset is his athleticism and pace that allowed him to pull off several impressive last-ditch tackles and clearances for the Owls last season. After four loan spells away from the club, Hector would be available on a permanent basis this summer.