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Leeds and Middlesbrough facing PL battle to land 26-year-old ace



Championship duo Leeds United and Middlesbrough are facing stiff competition from Crystal Palace and Stoke City to land Swansea defender Kyle Bartley this summer, according to The Sun.

The 26-year-old moved to the Liberty Stadium back in 2012 after coming up through the ranks at Premier League giants Arsenal, but he has struggled to get regular football with the South Wales outfit, mustering just 26 appearances in the last five years.

In fact, Bartley hasn’t played for the Swans since January 2016, and spent a hugely successful spell on loan at Leeds last term, appearing 50 times for the Yorkshire club to help them to a seventh place finish in the Championship, five points adrift of the play-off places.

And Thomas Christiansen’s men are one of many clubs looking to do a permanent deal this summer, as are Garry Monk’s Middlesbrough, yet recent reports suggest that both sides will face competition from Premier League duo Crystal Palace and Stoke for the centre-back’s signature.

As aforementioned, Bartley enjoyed a fine spell at Leeds last term, but that was under new Boro chief Monk, who himself is looking at reinforcements to his squad at the Riverside Stadium in a bid to immediately return to the Premier League.

And with star defender Ben Gibson likely to leave the club this summer, the Swansea centre-half could be the ideal replacement having performed well for Monk last season.

However, the lure of remaining in the top-flight with either Palace or Stoke may be too much for Bartley to turn down, so it very much remains to be seen where the 26-year-old ace will be plying his trade come the start of the new season.

Leeds and Boro fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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