Leeds United were one of a number of clubs reportedly keen to sign Bristol City centre-back Aden Flint during the summer transfer window.
The Mirror stated that Leeds had made an enquiry over the 6ft 7ins defender’s availability, but it appeared that they quickly dropped their interest when it became clear that the Robins would not let their key man go for any less than £7 million.
But while that fee was quite rich for a player who has never proved himself above the second tier, perhaps Leeds should not have been put off by his price-tag.
Because, just six months later, the Bristol Post reports that Flint’s exceptional performances at either end of the pitch have added a few pounds on to his price. It is understood that Bristol City would now demand £12 million for the 27-year-old amid interest from Premier League side West Bromwich Albion.
The Baggies are in need of a new defender if Jonny Evans goes to Arsenal or Manchester City and it is testament to Flint’s fine displays that they feel he could replace one of the best defenders in the top flight at The Hawthorns.
Leeds, however, should not have been put off by a fee of £7 million. Because, even if they continued to miss out on a return to the Premier League, they would surely have made a profit on a defender who has scored six goals in the Championship this season.
As it stands, however, it appears that any hopes Leeds might have had of bringing Flint to Elland Road are over, with his valuation rising and clubs in the Premier League taking a keen interest.