By Mark Smith

16th Aug, 2020 | 8:10am

Defender who Leeds scouted frequently last season now available for £2m - reports

Leeds United have been keeping tabs on Oxford United defender Rob Dickie for longer than a year now.

The Mirror first reported the Whites’ interest at the beginning of August, with the 24-year-old catching the eye of a number of clubs.

According to that report, Fulham, Newcastle and West Brom were all eyeing up a £3million offer for the Oxford captain.

Times have changed though, and after Oxford missed out on promotion to the Championship, Leeds could earn themselves a bargain.

The Sun have now reported that Marcelo Bielsa and his scouts have watched Dickie numerous times from the start of last season.

It is suggested that Steve Bruce and Newcastle are the biggest contenders right now for the former Reading man.

Reliable journalists Alan Nixon and Duncan Wright have both claimed that a deal for Dickie at this time could cost as little as £2million.

For £2million, Leeds could be sealing themselves a bargain if they were to bring Dickie in at Elland Road before the start of the Premier League season.

Bielsa currently only has one full-fit senior central defender at the club, that is Liam Cooper. Gaetano Berardi is out-of-contract, and Ben White has returned to Brighton after his loan spell.

Phil Hay has reported that Bielsa only wants one central defender coming in this summer, something which could be a huge risk.

Leeds have already had a £22million bid rejected for White, and even if he does arrive from Brighton, £2million for Dickie could be a steal for a young rotation option.

It’s looking unlikely, but the Whites would be more than smart to target a cheap back-up option like Dickie – White or not.

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