According to Weser Kurier, Werder Bremen are pursuing a deal for Nurnberg midfielder Patrick Erras amid talks with Leeds United.

The Daily Mail reported in June that Leeds have held preliminary talks with Erras, but faced competition from Blackburn Rovers, Brentford, Bristol City and Queens Park Rangers.

Erras is out of contract this summer, and has decided to leave Nurnberg this summer, meaning there is a scramble to sign him for nothing.

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The 6ft 5in midfielder is attracting interest in Germany though, and Werder Bremen may be positioning themselves to sign Erras.

Sporting director Frank Baumann has been following Erras for a long time now, and talks are expected to start soon as Werder pursue a deal.

Erras is claimed to be interested in a move to Bremen, and that may mean that Leeds end up missing out on his signature.

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Capable of playing as a holding midfielder or even as a centre back, Erras could have been a big, physical and versatile option for Marcelo Biesa.

There is of course still time for Leeds to get a deal done, but Bremen are now attempting to hijack their talks and get a deal done for the free agent.

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