Leeds turn to Rangers talent as interest in Fulham star dwindles

Borna Barisic

Leeds are reportedly set to launch a big-money bid to lure Rangers defender Borna Barisic to the Premier League.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side are gearing up for a busy transfer window following their promotion to the Premier League. They are likely to target up to two new centre-halves, a left-back, a striker and an attacking midfielder.

While a new centre-half – in particular Ben White – remains their immediate priority – they are looking at a left-back raid too.

And Rangers full-back Barisic appears to have moved to the top of their wish list.

The 27-year-old has proved a huge success in Glasgow since arriving from NK Osijek.

His form has been so good that Rangers rewarded him with a new four-year deal in January. The Croatia international is now tied to Ibrox until 2024.

However, Rangers know a big-money offer would be hard to resist. As such, Football Insider claims Leeds are reported to be considering a move.

Barisic made 39 appearances last season, contributing an impressive 14 assists as well as two goals.


Leeds cool Joe Bryan interest

Leeds were reported to be considering an approach to Fulham for Joe Bryan.

However, their promotion back to the Premier League has appeared to ended that interest. The Cottagers are likely to resist all approaches for their stars as they bid to, this time, establish themselves in the top flight.

Joe Bryan

Bryan, ironically, was the star of the show on Tuesday as he scored twice to help them beat Brentford in the play-off final.

With hopes for Bryan now seemingly dead, Leeds will instead pursue Barisic.

While Stuart Dallas has impressed in the role, he is not a natural left-back and Leeds do want a specialist.

Any deal for Barisic would place question marks over the future of Barry Douglas, who was restricted to just 17 appearances this season.


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