Leeds close in on former Manchester United target

Former Hearts skipper Marius Zaliukus is edging closer to a Leeds move.

The Lithuanian international will talk about a possible deal and could be announced as early as tomorrow, report the Yorkshire Evening Post.

The former Hearts captain comes with a lot of pedigree having been close to signing for Manchester United but eventually opted for North of the border with Hearts.

His boss at the time Steven Pressley said in 2011: "Prior to him going to Hearts, Manchester United watched him on seven or eight occasions and they were very close to signing him.

“I think that shows the level of player he can be. On his day I think there’s no better centre back in Scotland than Marius."

He has been out-of-contract since last season and has trained with Rangers and most recently QPR.

A deal didn’t materialise at either club so Leeds United offered him a trial and a chance to impress in a few of their development squad games where you can name 3 players over the age of 21 and he seems to have done enough to impress.

Zaliukas said on earning a contract at leeds;

‘’You would have to ask the gaffer. Obviously I’m looking forward. It’s a good place, a good team and a good league. It would be a challenge’’

He has also been linked to Derby under manager Steve McClaren who watched him train with QPR, so there are reason to be positive about this signing. A man mountain in stature standing at 6ft 3inches and forceful aggression which has seen him pick up a number of red cards and question on his attitude. Still, he has competed with some of the top strikers in Europe internationally, just last week he was asked to stop Manchester City hit-man Edin Dzeko.

Hearts fans are largely positive about their former captain who had to be released due to financial implications rather than quality and he has been largely missed by the Edinburgh based side.

He should be a good signing and his experience will no doubt be key to Leeds this season.

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