Leeds United transfer target Marley Watkins set for release; Garry Monk should move

Leeds manager Garry Monk

Leeds United could complete a real bargain by snapping up Barnsley attacker Marley Watkins on a free transfer.

Marley Watkins of Barnsley

Barnsley have confirmed that Marley Watkins will leave at the end of the season, leaving the door open for a potential move to Leeds United.

According to the Daily Mail, Leeds have been tracking Watkins’ potential availability for some months - ahead of the summer transfer window.

Leeds reportedly feel that Watkins could make a valuable, and now he is set to be available on a free transfer he could be an ideal target.

Barnsley's Marley Watkins celebrates

If the Whites do move for the attacker they are likely to face competition, with Aston Villa also interested.

But considering Watkins is settled in Yorkshire already, a move to Elland Road could appeal.

Watkins made 42 appearances for Barnsley in the Championship this term, scoring 10 goals and claiming nine assists.

His good form attracted a lot of attention in January, which appeared to turn the 26-year-old’s head.

Aston Villa's Aly Cissokho (L) in action with Barnsley's Marley Watkins

Watkins handed in a transfer request at Barnsley, but he was denied a move and kept on.

Watkins’ mind has not been changed, though, and he is now set to leave on a free transfer in the coming months.

If Watkins was to move to Leeds, he would be in competition with the likes of Chris Wood and Kemar Roofe for a first-team place, and would improve the Whites' attacking options considerably.

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