Leeds United are interested in adding Utrecht right-back Sean Klaiber to Marcelo Bielsa’s newly-promoted squad, according to Voetbal International.
While Luke ‘the Lambeth Cafu’ Ayling looks every inch a Premier League full-back in waiting, the lack of competition for his starting place at Elland Road is a cause for some concern.
Stuart Dallas and the versatile Jamie Shackleton can step in when required but neither, it must be said, are natural options on the right-hand side.
So with Leeds looking to follow in the footsteps of Sheffield United, rather than Aston Villa or Norwich, an affordable alternative for that right-back spot would be welcomed with open arms.
And reports from the continent suggest that Klaiber, a buccaneering, 25-year-old Dutchman, could be the man to breathe down Ayling’s next when 2020/21 gets underway.
Voetbal International claims that the former Netherlands U21 international is under contract until 2022 but Utrecht are aware of the growing interest in his services.
VVV Venlo’s Tobias Pachonik has been lined up as a readymade replacement.
With four goals and four assists in 2019/20, the speedy Klaiber looks a perfect fit for a coach like Bielsa who expects his full-backs to carry their fair share of the creative burden.