According to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Leeds and Middlesbrough could end up going head to head to try and sign Kyle Bartley if Swansea City decide that the defender has no future at the Liberty Stadium.
Swansea plan to have another look at the centre-back before making a decision on his future following his tremendous loan spell with the Whites, but the Yorkshire Evening Post suggests that Leeds and Boro are ready to make a move if they ultimately decide against giving him a run in the first-team.
New Middlesbrough manager Garry Monk is keen to sign Bartley
With former Whites boss Garry Monk now in charge at the Riverside Stadium, it would certainly be a surprise if heading there did not appeal to Bartley given that he has previously spoken of his admiration for Monk (via Wales Online).
That could mean that, if he is allowed to leave, Leeds may face an uphill battle trying to bring him back, so perhaps a significant gesture from the club may boost their chances of landing his signature.
Bartley often captained the side in Liam Bridcutt's absence during his loan spell last season, and established himself as a leader amongst the team that came so close to reaching the play-off places.
With a new manager in place in Thomas Christiansen, Leeds possibly have an opportunity to move the armband off Bridcutt without it causing too much friction amongst the squad - though it would still be harsh on the midfielder.
But if offering it to Bartley on a permanent basis helps get him through the door, then surely most fans would argue that that is a move worth taking as getting him signed up again will surely boost their chances of surpassing what they achieved this past year.