Reports: Leeds defender 'in talks' with rivals over making loan move permanent

New York Stadium interior, Rotherham

Leeds United centre back Scott Wootton could join Rotherham permanently.

After falling behind the likes of Jason Pearce, Liam Cooper and Giuseppe Bellusci, centre back Scott Wootton was loaned out by Leeds United in a bid to get him first-team football.

The former Manchester United youngster was snapped up for £1m by ex-Leeds boss Brian McDermott in 2013, but his time at Elland Road hasn't been a happy one.

Wootton, 23, played in less than half of Leeds' league games last season, and with just two appearances to his name, he was sent off to Yorkshire rivals Rotherham on a six-week loan deal.

For Steve Evans' Millers, Wootton has played six games at right back, but was prevented from playing in last weekends' FA Cup defeat to Bournemouth.

Wootton's loan deal at the New York Stadium is set to expire after Saturday's game at Brentford, and he is then set to return to Elland Road.

However, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post, the two Championship clubs are in talks over a deal which see Wootton stay with Rotherham permanently.

Leeds won't be letting him go for free though, and will demand a fee from Rotherham in order to take Wootton on a full-time basis.

With little prospect of playing at Leeds, it seems like a foregone conclusion that Wootton will be leaving permanently this month, and Rotherham are surely the favourites to land him.

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