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Ekstrand deal off? Three alternatives Leeds United could turn to

Watford's Joel Ekstrand (R) in action

Joel Ekstrand's injury problems are said to have scuppered his move to Elland Road.

Watford's Joel Ekstrand (R) in actionJoel Ekstrand (R) in action for Watford

Joel Ekstrand's move to Leeds United appears to be off, with the Yorkshire Evening Post reporting that fitness concerns have scuppered the Swede's chances.

Undoubtedly, a fully fit Ekstrand - a Championship runner-up with Watford two seasons ago - would have been a welcome addition to Leeds' ranks, especially on a free transfer.

Though fear not, here are three equally capable options available at no extra cost...

Gordon Greer

Brighton's Gordon Greer

If anyone knows the value of a veteran centre-half, it's Leeds boss Garry Monk, who was one himself until the Swansea gig came up two years ago. Though 35, Greer has enjoyed an almost Benjamin-Button-like career, with his best years saved until last. Since his 2011 promotion with Brighton, the Scot has experienced three Championship play-off campaigns and won all 11 of his international caps.

Adrian Mariappa

Crystal Palace's Adrian Mariappa

Despite spending the past four seasons a Premier League player with Reading and Crystal Palace, it was in the Championship with Watford that the 29-year-old honed his craft. Mariappa, whose proposed move to Rangers appears to have stalled, would bring with him the added bonus of versatility, being adept at right-back as well as in the middle.

Matthew Kilgallon

Matthew Kilgallon in action for Leeds United

As Leeds' academy graduates continue to fly the nest, could one of the originals return to Elland Road? Kilgallon, who was sold to Sheffield United in 2007, is out of contract at Blackburn Rovers, for whom he appeared 10 times in last season's Championship. Still only 32, the York-native has a few years left in the tank, while his ability to use both feet would balance out Leeds' right-foot heavy centre-back contingent. He can also play on the left - a position in which the Whites are short on numbers.

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