Report: Leeds United in advanced talks over potentially unpopular move for Stephen Warnock

Stephen Warnock

Leeds United are reportedly in talks to sell Stephen Warnock.

Leeds United have been linked with selling Stephen Warnock, with developments tipped to move quickly.

The Yorkshire Evening Post report: "Leeds are in advanced talks over the left-back’s release and could sanction his departure in the next 24 hours."

The interested party is credited as another Championship club, with the move certain to prove controversial.

Warnock's sale would not be popular, but on many levels it would be a practical move.

The defender is 33-years-old, and is out of contract this summer. He is currently out injured, but the team have conceded just two goals in the last two games without him, with one match including Premier League opposition.

Warnock was in the team for much of the dismal December run, as captain, and while he has performed consistently, there are obvious financial needs for the club to bear in mind.

If Leeds have no intention of offering Warnock a new contract, cashing in now for a fee would be of short-term financial benefit.

On the pitch will of course be where the decision is judged, but it is not like Leeds do not have options available.

Charlie Taylor has filled in over the past two games highly capably, and he is not the only option in the position.

Gaetano Berardi has played at left-back over the course of the season, as has Liam Cooper, who if moved from centre-back would see Giuseppe Bellusci and Jason Pearce resume their partnership.

Pearce has been out of the team of late, with Warnock taking over the captaincy, and would be the second bearer of the armband to leave the club over the past year, following Ross McCormack out of the exit door.

Leeds may be in a relegation fight, but a sale of Warnock is not likely to be a deciding factor one way or another in whether they go down, the club have enough ability in the position to cover.

That does not mean fans should wish it to happen, but if he is sold, there need be no over reaction, but instead a view from a business sense to understand the club's reasoning would be worth bearing in mind.

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