Free transfer of Joel Ekstrand would surely seal Giuseppe Bellusci's fate at Leeds

Watford's Joel Ekstrand aand Middlesbrough's Kike

Leeds have been linked to Joel Ekstrand.

Watford's Joel Ekstrand aand Middlesbrough's KikeWatford's Joel Ekstrand aand Middlesbrough's Kike

Leeds United have been linked with the signature of out of contract defender Joel Ektstrand.

The Bristol Post report the Whites are among a number of Championship teams who have offered a contract to the free agent.

Ekstrand has been released by Watford, having missed more than a year of action with a serious knee injury, but as a Sweden international he has good pedigree and is still just 27.

The Yorkshire Evening Post reported this week that Leeds are confident of signing  Kyle Bartley on loan from Swansea City.

Swansea City's Kyle Bartley (L) and Crystal Palace's Yannick BolasieSwansea City's Kyle Bartley (L) and Crystal Palace's Yannick Bolasie

Ekstrand would add further to the competition at centre-back, and likely make it almost certain that Giuseppe Bellusci would move on.

Bellusci, 26, fell out of favour by the end of last season with Sol Bamba and Liam Cooper establishing themselves as the first choice defenders over the combative but error prone Italian.

Watford's Nordin Amrabat in action with Leeds United's Giuseppe BellusciWatford's Nordin Amrabat in action with Leeds United's Giuseppe Bellusci

Bartley, who played at Swansea under Monk, and potentially Ekstrand, would lead to one of the trio leaving, and Bellusci is the clear odd man out.

Bamba is the club captain while Cooper has already held the armband too, while Bellusci is not particularly well regarded by the club's supporters.

There has been interest from Italian clubs in his signature this transfer window, report Calciomercato, and a transfer may be inevitable, but Ekstrand's arrival if he accepts a deal, would surely seal his fate.

Leeds United's Giuseppe BellusciLeeds United's Giuseppe Bellusci

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