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Leeds United not expected to make late move in race to sign 27-year-old



West Bromwich Albion are in pole position to sign Kyle Bartley this summer, with Leeds United not expected to make a counter-offer to sign the Swansea City centre-back.

Report emerged earlier this week that West Brom were on the verge of sealing a deal to take Bartley to the Hawthorns.

Earlier in the summer, the 27-year-old emerged as a transfer target for Leeds, but a recent report from the Yorkshire Evening Post has suggested that there looks to be no sign of a counter-offer from Elland Road, with the path looking clear for West Brom to complete a deal for the centre-back.

Bartley endured a frustrating 2017/18 campaign with Swansea, who suffered relegation from the Premier League.

The defender featured on just 12 occasions across all competitions for the Swans, with injuries plaguing his involvement.

His last spell in the Championship came on-loan with Leeds, where he impressed during the 2016/17 campaign under Garry Monk.

Captaining the Whites for long periods of the season, Bartley made 50 appearances across all competitions, scoring six goals.

It is believed that West Brom will pay around £3.5m to secure Bartley’s service this summer.

The Verdict  

After their initial interest, it’s a surprise to see Leeds pave the way for West Brom to complete a deal.

At the reported price, the Baggies are getting their hands on a very good Championship player, who is sure to be a success story in the heart of defence.

Leeds’ supporters will feel like this is a missed opportunity for Marcelo Bielsa.

Is Bartley going to be a good signing for West Brom? Let us know your thoughts!

Alfie is a journalist based in Yorkshire with years of experience covering the EFL. A current focus on Huddersfield Town and their fortunes back in the Championship, but out and about at as many games as possible. Covered Leeds United during their promotion-winning season in 2019/20.

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