Leeds United would be wise to consider move for free agent David Wheater this summer

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Leeds United could benefit from a free transfer for the Bolton Wanderers stalwart.

According to a recent report from the Mirror, Bolton Wanderers will wave goodbye to centre-back David Wheater this summer rather than offering him a new contract.

When you consider his high wages and Bolton’s predicament both on and off the pitch this season that is no surprise, but Leeds United would be wise to consider a move for the 29-year-old.

After all, Leeds need defensive reinforcements and Wheater has plenty of experience after appearing 110 times for Bolton and 157 times for Middlesbrough, and for nothing more than a signing-on fee it could be a canny move from Whites manager Steve Evans.

The problem of course could come with Wheater’s reported £18,000-a-week wages, but after struggling to keep Bolton in the second tier this season the defender may have to accept a considerable drop in earnings in order to secure a new Championship club.

Leeds have had their problems at the back this season with Sol Bamba failing to replicate his best form, Liam Cooper coming in and out of the team and Giuseppe Bellusci overcoming some awful showings in the first half of the campaign.

The Italian is now regarded by many as Leeds’ best performing centre-back; however Evans will not want the same problems next season and Wheater offers good value if he can rediscover his own best form.

It will be a big summer at Leeds as they attempt to sign the players who can inspire a play-off surge and Evans would be wise to consider all options, including the potential free transfer of a man with plenty of experience and a few things still to prove.

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