Monk wants reunion with Swansea defender – report

Date published: Tuesday 28th June 2016 1:30

Kyle Bartley: Linked with move to Elland Road.

Kyle Bartley: Linked with move to Elland Road.

Leeds United boss Garry Monk is said to be close to completing a deal for Swansea defender Kyle Bartley, according to reports.

The Yorkshire Evening Post claim that former Swansea boss Monk is keen on a reunion with his former player and is keen to bring him to Elland Road on a season long loan deal from the Welsh side.

Monk, who worked with Bartley while at Swansea, reportedly sees the 25-year-old as someone who can improve the quality of Leeds’ defence.

The reports also add that a deal is close to being finalised for the former Arsenal man and would be Monk’s second signing for the club  after the recent arrival of Swedish forward Marcus Antonsson on a three-year deal.

Leeds seem to be in the market for a centre-back after worries in that area during last season and Swansea are now said to be willing to let defender leave for the whole of next season.

However there could be the issue of match fitness and game time for Leeds as Bartley only made 11 appearances for Swansea last season and also hasn’t even played a match in 2016.

Also if Bartley was to join Leeds then he would certainly face competition from the likes of Sol Bamba and Liam Cooper for a start at centre-back.

Bartley began his career at Arsenal in 2009 and won the Premier Academy League and the FA Youth Cup in his first year as reserve captain. He eventually ended up spending two separate loan spells at Sheffield United and Rangers but failed to make desired impact at either club.

He went on to sign for Swansea in 2012 for a reported fee of £1million and spent half a season out on loan at Birmingham City where he made 17 appearances and scored threegoals.

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