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Leeds pull the plug on versatile target with another Championship club set to swoop



Leeds United target Andy Yiadom is due to undergo a medical at Reading today ahead of his proposed move to the Madejski Stadium, according to football journalist Andy Giddings.

Barnsley defender Yiadom was linked with a move to Leeds but they have dropped their interest in him, allowing Reading to make their move.

The versatile player is available on a free transfer this summer after letting his contract expire at Barnsley.

The right-back, who can also play as a winger or as a left-back, is not willing to sign a new deal at Oakwell after Barnsley were relegated to League One on the final day of the season.

Paul Heckingbottom brought Yiadom to Barnsley and was thinking of a reunion at Leeds as a cheap, versatile option.

But Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Phil Hay is reporting that Leeds’ interest in the 26-year-old was there but it was never firmed up with a concrete offer because they had doubts over whether they needed another right-back or right-footed left-back.

Leeds currently have Luke Ayling – who returned from injury on the final day – rivalling Gaetano Berardi and Lewie Coyle for the right-back spot, while youngster Tom Pearce and Laurens De Bock play on the left-flank.

Reading are now closing in on Yiadom, who they view as a rival for Chris Gunter in the right-back spot.

The Verdict

Leeds definitely do not need Yiadom and this would just be snapping someone up for the sake of him being a free agent.

In Ayling and Coyle, they have two assured right-back options while Berardi can play on either side – if he is not suspended.

Leeds should instead divert their attention to other positions but Reading can benefit from having a more attack-minded full-back in Yiadom.

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NCTJ-qualified journalist - University of Birmingham undergraduate - King's College London postgraduate - Coventry City and West Ham United