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Leeds lead chase for experienced international defender



Championship side Leeds United lead the chase for Bournemouth defender Marc Wilson, according to

The 29-year-old only moved to the Vitality Stadium last year following a six-year stint at Premier League rivals Stoke City, in which time he played 178 games for the Potters, of which 146 came in the top-flight.

Yet things haven’t gone particularly well for the Republic of Ireland international on the South Coast, having failed to make a single league appearance for the Cherries last term, and then being shipped out on loan to Tony Pulis’ West Brom at the start of 2017.

And his struggles at Bournemouth have reportedly attracted the interest of Thomas Christiansen’s Leeds, who are reportedly leading the chase for the experienced 29-year-old defender.

44-year-old Christiansen took over at Elland Road back in June following the surprise resignation of head coach Garry Monk, yet he has already set about stamping his authority on the playing squad with many additions this summer.

And it appears that Wilson could be the next man through the door at the Yorkshire outfit, and with the defender likely in need of gametime at a decent level to maintain his position in the Ireland national squad, dropping down a division may be an option.

With Pulis’ West Brom also thought to be interested though, despite Wilson only featuring four times in the Premier League for them last season, it very much remains to be seen where the 29-year-old is plying his trade next term.

The Verdict: Christiansen has added several names to his Leeds squad over the summer, but they have mainly been attacking reinforcements.

Defender Matthew Pennington has come in from Everton on loan but other than that they are looking a bit short at the back, what with Kyle Bartley’s loan coming to an end, Charlie Taylor’s departure to Burnley, and Giuseppe Bellusci leaving the club.

And with Wilson seeking first team football, and Leeds seeking further defensive reinforcements, it’s a deal which could be in the best interests of all parties involved.

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

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