Report claims Leeds will rival Celtic for classy Brentford star

Date published: Thursday 11th July 2019 3:26 - James Marshment

Leeds are ready to challenge Celtic in the race to sign Brentford midfielder Romaine Sawyers, according to a report.

The Bees captain is in the final year of his contract at Griffin Park and demand for the player is growing with Celtic reportedly seeing a bid of around £2million knocked back last week.

But a Football Insider claims Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa is also an admirer of the Bees captain and believes he can add an additional creative element to his side in the forthcoming season as United look to go one better than last season’s third-placed finish.

As such, it’s reported Leeds are considering a formal approach for the 27-year-old, who made 46 appearances for the Bees last season.

Brentford do hope to retain Sawyers’ services by offering the Birmingham-born star a new deal and it’s claimed they will look to reject any approach for the player.

But with his contract due to expire next summer, Brentford will have a decision to make with the former Walsall and West Brom man eligible for a free transfer at the end of the 2019/20 campaign.

And while Leeds are yet to submit a formal bid for the St Kitts and Nevis international, it’s reported a move could be forthcoming and just a matter of days since Pontus Jansson moved in the opposite direction in a £5.5million deal.

Leeds, meanwhile, are in talks with Vurnon Anita over the player’s departure from Elland Road, a year before the expiry of his contract.


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