Report: Bartley favours Leeds over Rangers; Whites to offer initial £4m

Leeds fans celebrate their team's victory during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Derby County at Elland Road on November 29, 2014 in Leeds, England.

Two of Kyle Bartley's former clubs, Leeds United and Rangers, are competing to sign him from Championship newcomers Swansea City.

Heung-Min Son of Tottenham Hotspur challenged by Kyle Bartley of Swansea City during The Emirates FA Cup Quarter Final match between Swansea City and Tottenham Hotspur at Liberty Stadium...

Kyle Bartley has told Swansea City that he wants to leave the Liberty Stadium this summer.

And, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post, two of his former clubs are keen to sign the 6ft 4ins centre-back.


Bartley was fantastic during a loan spell at Leeds United in 2016/17 and the YEP claims that the Championship underachievers are desperate to bring him back to Elland Road.

Kyle Bartley of Leeds United applauds the travelling fans after the EFL Cup Quarter-Final match between Liverpool and Leeds United at Anfield on November 29, 2016 in Liverpool, England.

It is understood that Leeds hope they can sign the former Arsenal youngster for a fee of £4 million, which would make him the club’s second most expensive signing in the last 16 years behind Adam Forshaw, who cost £4.5 million from Middlesbrough in January.

The YEP adds that Rangers, who Bartley played 30 games for between 2011 and 2012, are also in the running for the defender's signature with new manager Steven Gerrard leading a revolution of the Scottish giants’ squad.

Rangers player Kyle Bartley in action during the William Hill Scottish Cup Fourth Round match between Arbroath and Rangers at Gayfield park on January 8, 2012 in Arbroath, Scotland.

Rangers have not exactly spent big in recent years, but it seems chairman Dave King has accepted that he must back Gerrard in the transfer market.

But the YEP believes that Bartley sees Leeds as his first choice ahead of Rangers and the West Yorkshire giants hope to announce his return early in the summer transfer window.

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