By Craig Scott

24th Jul, 2019 | 10:00am

Leeds ready last-ditch effort to sign Brentford ace Sawyers

Leeds United should try and beat West Brom in the reported race to sign Brentford midfielder Romaine Sawyers.

According to reliable news outlet Football Insider, Leeds are readying a last-ditch effort to snap up the Birmingham-born 27-year-old amid West Brom’s efforts to re-sign their former academy player.

It is understood that the Baggies have seen a £2.2million bid rejected by the London club, who want £3million for the central midfielder.

However Football Insider reports that Marcelo Bielsa is an admirer of Sawyers and West Brom will now be forced to fend off interest from Elland Road if they want to re-sign the midfielder.

Sawyers would be a terrific addition at Elland Road and Leeds should definitely push on with trying to lure him away from Griffin Park before he falls into the clutches of Slaven Bilic’s West Brom.

Although he did not score last season, Sawyers still impressed at Brentford as he made 46 appearances across all competitions and supplied seven assists.

According to stats by WhoScored, he completed 86.2 per cent of his passes in the Championship and averaged 1.6 key passes per league appearance.

WhoScored claims that Sawyers’ best strengths are his passing and his ability to play through balls and has no significant weaknesses.

As a central midfielder it’s also important that Sawyers is strong defensively.

He averaged 1.3 tackles and 0.7 interceptions per Championship outing for Brentford last season, showing that he can also muck in and help out the defence when his side are not in possession.

Sawyers is a good player and for £3million, Leeds would be getting themselves a solid passer of the ball who has an abundance of experience in the Championship with 127 appearances at this level.

It may take some doing to beat West Brom in the race to sign him, but Leeds could do a lot worse than snapping up Sawyers this summer.