Leeds could take a punt on free agent Wes Brown for his experience alone.

Leeds United are in the market for a new centre-back despite the permanent signing of Pontus Jansson from Torino and the loan addition of Everton’s Matthew Pennington.

The Mirror reported that the Whites have made an enquiry to Bristol City over the availability of Aden Flint, while a different report from the same newspaper claimed the Yorkshire side were interested in Aston Villa’s Tommy Elphick.

Tomer Hemed of Brighton and Hove Albion shakes hands with Aden Flint of Bristol City.

Unfortunately for Leeds they are not the only clubs in either hunt, with Birmingham City also thought to be keeping tabs on both defenders, while Sunderland lead the chase for Elphick.

It means that with the start of the 2017/18 Championship season less than a week away, new head coach Thomas Christiansen currently only has three options in central defence.

Jansson was a stalwart last year while on loan and is expected to be a starter once again this term, with a regular partner for the Swede needed with Kyle Bartley – another who enjoyed success on loan at Elland Road in 2016/17 – looking set to get game time at parent club Swansea City this time around.

Currently Pennington and Liam Cooper are vying for that place at the back, but instead of spending big on another option perhaps Christiansen could turn to experience instead.

Wes Brown is still without a club after being released by relegated Blackburn Rovers this summer. At 37-years-old and with consistent game time a struggle, Brown would not be a regular starter, but his experience on and off the pitch could prove invaluable.

Wes Brown of Manchester United Legends celebrates a win during the match against the Liverpool Legends.

The veteran is a seven-time Premier League champion, two-time FA Cup winner and twice winner of the Champions League with Manchester United, among other things.

Aston Villa have pulled a similar trick with John Terry, while Birmingham City are currently in the market for LA Galaxy’s Ashley Cole – both 36. Perhaps Brown could be the wise head to keep the Leeds dressing room focused.