Report: Leeds target 'big name' defender, pursue Mike Williamson amongst others

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Leeds are reportedly targeting a handful of Premier League defenders.

According to the Daily Mirror, Leeds United are interested in signing Newcastle defender Mike Williamson and West Brom free agent Gareth McAuley.

The Whites not only named Uwe Rosler as their new manager last month, but have now made their first signing of the summer having landed American goalkeeper Charlie Horton from Cardiff City on Tuesday.

It now seems that Rosler is pressing ahead with bids for more new signings, with the Mirror reporting on their live transfer blog on Tuesday that Leeds are targeting three Premier defenders as they pursue a 'bigger name centre back'.

The first is Leicester City youngster Liam Moore, who is likely to be loaned out next season having slipped down the pecking order at the King Power Stadium.

Then, Leeds are looking for experience to partner the 22-year-old, and one target is Newcastle United's Mike Williamson. The centre back, 31, played in 33 games for the Magpies last season but having only narrowly avoided relegation, the former Watford man is expected to move on, with Leeds interested in a deal.

Finally, Leeds are also linked with a move for Northern Ireland international Gareth McAuley. The 35-year-old is out of contract at West Brom so could be signed for free, but according to the Express and Star, both the Baggies and Leicester want to sign McAuley up, making a move to Elland Road unlikely.

With Sol Bamba heading back to Palermo with his loan spell expiring, Leeds seemingly want to bring in another experienced defender to replace him - and are this time looking to the Premier League for help.

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