Report: West Bromwich Albion want Leeds United defender Luke Ayling

Luke Ayling (L) of Leeds United escapes from Marlon Pack (C) and Luke Freeman (R) of Bristol City during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Leeds United at Ashton Gate...

West Bromwich Albion boss Darren Moore is looking to take Leeds United defender Luke Ayling away from Elland Road.

Luke Ayling of Leeds United prepares to take a throw in during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Derby County at Elland Road on October 31, 2017 in Leeds, England.

According to a report in The Sun, West Bromwich Albion want Leeds United defender Luke Ayling.

West Brom are keen to strengthen at the back, despite making plenty of additions in that area already this summer.

 

Darren Moore’s side are now said to be lining up a £5 million move for Ayling, who has become a really reliable figure at Leeds.

Ayling has been one of Leeds’ star performers since Marcelo Bielsa took charge, with his performances over pre-season and on opening day catching the eye.

Luke Ayling of Leeds United during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Derby County at Elland Road on January 13, 2017 in Leeds, England.

Leeds selling Ayling would be a major shock, but a move to the Hawthorns could appeal as West Brom already have Kyle Bartley.

Bartley and Ayling were part of Leeds’ defence two seasons ago, and have become great friends, with the pair even going on holiday together earlier this summer.

If West Brom did manage to buy Ayling off Leeds, it is likely that Andrea Radrizzani would come in for criticism for selling him from the Elland Road crowd.

Luke Ayling of Leeds United feels the cold during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Leeds United at Villa Park on December 29, 2016 in Birmingham, England.

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