Leeds United CEO Ben Mansford has already signed Reece Wabara once

Reece Wabara - Ipswich Town warms up

Leeds CEO signed Reece Wabara for Barnsley last summer.

Reece Wabara - Ipswich Town warms upReece Wabara 

Leeds United are keen to sign free agent Reece Wabara, report The Sun - and their chief executive Ben Mansford could be their ace in the pack to conclude a deal.

Mansford was working at Barnsley a year ago when he convinced Wabara to sign a short-term deal, seeing off competition from Rangers.

The club announced a deal for the defender which ran until December 31st, with the defender playing 26 times for the Tykes.

Wigan's Yanic Wildschut celebrates scoring their second goal with Reece WabaraWigan's Yanic Wildschut celebrates scoring their second goal with Reece Wabara

When his contract expired he was convinced to join Wigan who were in a stronger position to win promotion. He became a regular for the Latics and helped them win promotion as champions - although Barnsley also joined them after winning the play-offs.

The Sun's report, on page 49 (20/7), claims Leeds are close to signing the right-back, whose performances both both clubs saw him voted into the League One Team of the Season by his peers.

If he needed any convincing, then the relation Mansford built with him a year ago should help persuade him - but the chance to play Championship football should be enough in any case.

Reece Wabara in action for Manchester CityReece Wabara in action for Manchester City

The former Manchester City trainee and England youth international is ambitious, and wants to get back to the top level.

Speaking to Barnsley's website last year the 24-year-old said: "Wherever I went it was about going to a football side that was ambitious and that was my main aim. I wanted to go to an environment that matched my ambition and drive.”

Leeds have the ambition to get back to the top flight, and if financial terms can be reached, all the factors considered, they should not have much trouble persuading him to join.

Reece Wabara representing England's youth teamReece Wabara representing England's youth team

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