Leeds United have joined Scottish champions Celtic in the battle to sign Brentford midfielder Romaine Sawyers, Football Insider have reported.
Sawyers has been the subject of interest from Celtic throughout the summer transfer window, with the Scottish side having already reportedly seen a £2million bid for the midfielder rejected.
It is thought that Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa is an admirer of Sawyers, and believes that the 27-year-old will be able to offer an element of creativity to Leeds’ midfield next season as they look to build on their push for promotion to the Premier League last season.
Since joining Brentford from Walsall in the summer of 2016, Sawyers has made 135 appearances in all competitions for the Bees, scoring eight goals and providing 19 assists.
The 27-year-old is set to enter the final 12 months of his contract at Griffin Park, which could put some pressure on Brentford should a sizeable offer come in for the midfielder.
This potential move wouldn’t be the first piece of business between the two clubs in the current transfer window, with centre back Pontus Jansson having already joined Brentford from Leeds on a three-year deal.
This would be a good signing for Leeds.
Sawyers has plenty of experience in the Championship and has often impressed during his time in the division, so he should be able to easily to help Leeds’ potential promotion push this season.
With Sawyers entering the final year of his contract, Leeds may be confident that they will be able to force through a move for the midfielder, and it will be interesting to see if he is tempted by a move to Elland Road.
Given it has been a difficult transfer window so far for Leeds with rumours around a number of their key players, such a signing could lift the mood around the club somewhat, not least because of the opportunity to weaken a rival who has already taken one of Leeds’ own key men in Jansson.