By Jonty Banks

7th Jan, 2023 | 9:10am

Leeds United must cool any transfer interest in defender John Egan after recent comments

Leeds United should cool any remaining transfer interest in Sheffield United defender John Egan after the Championship star spoke out on his future.

The Whites plotted a move for the 30-year-old on deadline day of the summer transfer window as they looked to bolster their defensive ranks before the Premier League season, but failed to lure him to Elland Road.

Ever since the links with Jesse Marsch’s side, Egan has moved from strength to strength – helping the Blades win 15 of their opening 26 Championship games and currently occupy one of the automatic promotions spots.

When speaking to the press before the club’s FA Cup tie against Milwall, the centre-back was quizzed on his future at Bramall Lane and if he expected a move in the coming month.

As reported by Yorkshire Live, Egan replied: “It’s been fantastic since I came.

“We got promoted and had two seasons in the Premier League, then got to the play-offs [last season]. And apart from one season, we were winning the majority of games.

“It’s been a really enjoyable four and a half years, I love Sheffield and playing for the Blades, so hopefully, we can keep putting smiles on faces.”

Although Egan may well be a shrewd signing if Leeds were to explore a transfer this month, the defender seems keen to stay put at Sheffield United, and it would probably take a substantial fee to lure him away.

With the possible promotion back to the Premier League also on the cards, it is unlikely the centre-back will jump ship.

From a Leeds perspective, the recent acquisition of Max Wober from RB Salzburg looks to have filled the void at the heart of their defence, and a left-back should now be the number one priority.

Although Wober can operate at left-back or as a number six, his preferred position is at centre-back, and the Whites would be foolish to sign Egan before filling the glaring hole in their squad.

Making a move for the Sheffield United man made sense in the summer, but Leeds must now look beyond Egan and to pastures greener.

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