Two factors will reportedly decide the future of Leeds United star Rodolph Austin.
The 29-year-old is being tipped to leave Leeds before the end of the month with Brighton the latest side to be linked with him, along with Championship side Millwall.
The Argus, who has reported Brighton’s interest, suggests that Austin’s departure from Leeds depends on whether the Whites can sign Rene Khrin on loan from Inter Milan and also on whether new manager Chris Hughton is interested in the Leeds enforcer.
Hughton has only just taken over at Brighton following the departure of Sami Hyypia and January is likely to be a key transfer window for him.
However, Leeds United boss Neil Redfearn is not a naïve manager and he’ll be wary of the danger involved in letting Austin go without a good, experience replacement coming in.
One of the reasons attributed to Leeds’ struggles in the Championship this season is the lack of Championship experience in their side.
Austin represents just that and it would be a remarkable decision by Leeds owner Massimo Cellino and Redfearn, in letting Austin leave before a replacement has been secured.
Brighton are lingering near the bottom of the Championship table themselves and Austin could be the ideal sort of player to come in and add power and a real presence into their midfield.
Hughton is likely to recognise that but a lot still has to happen before Leeds will be in a position to let him leave.