Leeds United should pay £7.5m for Kyle Bartley

Leeds' Kyle Bartley

Leeds United have been linked with a permanent move for Kyle Bartley.

Leeds' Kyle Bartley

It was reported in the print edition of The Sunday Mirror that Swansea City want £7.5 million for Leeds United target Kyle Bartley.

And Leeds should stump up the money if they are serious about winning promotion to the Premier League next season.

Kyle Bartley of Leeds United scores their first goal

It seems like a heck of a lot of money for a Championship club to pay for a centre-back, but he is worth every penny of it if the Whites win promotion.

If the deal materialises then United would be paying over double what they paid for his centre-half partner Pontus Jansson, though perhaps he only moved for a bargain £3.5 million (via The Sun) because Torino had long-term concerns over his knee. It is obvious he would've fetched a higher price otherwise.

Alongside Jansson, United would have arguably the strongest centre-back pairing in the Championship next term. Only three clubs conceded less than Leeds' 47 goals last season - Newcastle and Brighton being two of them - and the Sweden defender missed 12 matches of their campaign.

Blackburn's Danny Graham in action with Leeds' Kyle Bartley

If Jansson and Bartley - who started 45 of Leeds' 46 games last term - stay fit for the majority of next season then it'll go a long way for their promotion hopes.

Plus, with six goals, Bartley also scored more than any other defender in the division last time out.

Leeds could run into problems in signing the ex-Arsenal youth who, according to The Sunday Mirror, is also wanted by former Whites boss Garry Monk at Middlesbrough.

But if the Yorkshire side do have the opportunity to bring him back to Elland Road then they should not hesitate. In 12 months that £7.5 million could look like a bargain.

Leeds manager Garry Monk talks to Pontus Jansson

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