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Leeds step up chase for Championship defender



Football Insider reports that Leeds United are ready to ramp up their interest in Bristol City left back Joe Bryan, with Fulham also in the race for the 23-year-old.

Bryan has made 97 Championship appearances since making his Bristol City debut in 2011, finding the back of the net four times and laying on 14 assists, as he has also been deployed at left wing back and on the left of midfield.

The 23-year-old’s impressive performances have seen him become one of the most coveted players in his position in the second tier, which has seen Fulham and Leeds, who finished sixth and seventh last season respectively, become increasingly keen on his signature.

Following a season-long wrangle over his future, which meant his departure became inevitable, Leeds youth academy product Charlie Taylor left Elland Road this summer to join Premier League side Burnley.

Therefore, new Leeds boss Thomas Christensen is understandably in the hunt for a replacement and Bryan fits the bill – but having seen approaches rebuffed, is going to need to increase his offer in order to land his man.

Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic has also seen a left back leave to join a Premier League club, as Scott Malone has departed West London to join newly-promoted Huddersfield Town.

The presence of Ryan Sessegnon at Craven Cottage does not make a new left back as urgent a priority but given that Sessegnon impressed for England Under 19 in their European Championships win this summer as a winger, it would make a move for Bryan worthwhile.

The Verdict: 

Bryan ticks a lot of boxes for both clubs – he is experienced in the second tier, he is young, he is English and he is comfortable anywhere along the left flank.

It is understandable that Lee Johnson has continued to rebuff approaches for the 23-year-old but that may become more difficult if Bryan has his head turned by the increased promotion chances at one of the interested clubs, who finished in and around the play-off spots last season.

Both interested parties will hope to conclude the deal before the season starts if possible, as neither side has a perfect situation at left back as the big kick off approaches, which could see Bristol City able to drive the price up.

Leeds and Fulham fans – would you like to see Bryan arrive? Bristol City fans – should you keep him at all costs?

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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