West Ham United defender Reece Burke said in January that he wanted first-team football and Leeds United could offer him just that next season.
Leeds clearly have a space in their starting line-up available at centre-back, as they have failed to find a partner for Pontus Jansson this term.
Liam Cooper doesn’t look up to scratch for a Championship side chasing promotion, it remains unclear whether Matthew Pennington will be back next season and Paudie O’Connor is still developing.
That means that signing a centre-back should be among Leeds’ top priorities this summer, and Burke could be an exciting addition.
The West Ham youngster impressed on a loan spell with Bolton Wanderers this term, and the taste of playing regularly has left him wanting more first-team football.
He said to the London Evening Standard in January: “I would like to stay here but for a young player like me it’s all about getting game time and if I’m not going to play regularly then I know Bolton are also still interested in me and maybe it would be better to go back there.
“That’s a discussion I need to have with the manager in the next few days. You have to work your way up and being here and sitting on the bench is not ideal. I just want to play football.”
If Burke still wants to play regularly, then moving to Leeds could be a better option for him than staying at West Ham.
And with the Whites chasing the centre-back, according to the Daily Mirror, they must feel that they have a strong chance of landing him this summer.