There has been little progress in Leeds United’s pursuit of Kyle Bartley this summer.
Reports emerged from the Yorkshire Evening Post in April that Leeds were looking to re-sign Bartley permanently this summer, as they put plans in place ahead of the 2018/19 campaign after a disappointing year in the Sky Bet Championship.
However, a fresh update from the YEP has claimed that Leeds have failed to make progress so far in their pursuit of Bartley.
The Swansea defender started the summer top of Leeds’ transfer targets, after impressing at Elland Road on-loan during the 2016/17 campaign.
Bartley, 27, made 50 appearances and scored six goals that year for the Whites, helping Garry Monk’s side to seventh in the Championship table.
However, Leeds never moved to make that move permanent last summer, with Bartley returning to Swansea, where he endured an injury-hit 2017/18 campaign.
Last season, the 27-year-old made 12 appearances across all competitions for the Swans, who are now preparing for life alongside Leeds in the Championship.
Swansea appointed Graham Potter as their manager earlier in the week. It remains to be seen if Bartley is part of his plans in Wales.
It’s frustrating for Leeds that there has been no progress in the club’s pursuit of Bartley, as the defender would solve a lot of problems at Elland Road.
Alongside Pontus Jansson and Luke Ayling, Bartley helped Leeds form one of the Championship’s most consistent defensive units in 2016/17, something that supporters are keen to see again next season.
It’s still early in the summer, however, and when Leeds appoint their own head-coach, progress on the transfer front is likely to happen.
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