By David Woods

16th Dec, 2020 | 2:34pm

'Leeds have expressed an interest' – Alex Crook gives big transfer update on in-demand defender

Leeds United have expressed an interest in taking Chelsea centre-back Fikayo Tomori on loan in January, according to talkSPORT journalist Alex Crook.

However, while Crook claims that the 22-year-old centre-back is almost certain to leave Chelsea in January, it seems Rennes is the most likely destination.

Talking on the White & Jordan Show (talkSPORT, Friday, 12.30pm) Crook was asked if Tomori is off to France.

“I think he might be,” said Crook. “It’s almost certain that he’s going to leave Stamford Bridge on loan this January.

“He’s only featured in one Premier League or Champions League game this season.

“There was interest from West Ham in the summer when he walked away from a move on deadline day.

“Leeds have expressed an interest but I’m told Rennes is the most likely destination now for Tomori.

“They tried to sign him as part of Edouard Mendy’s move to Chelsea and talks have continued on behind the scenes.”

Tomori doesn’t fit the bill

Tomori has started two games for Chelsea this season, both in the Carabao Cup. He was subbed on for the last 45 minutes of the 2-0 defeat to Liverpool in the Premier League.

if you know Leeds and Marcelo Bielsa, that doesn’t make him sound like the player that they would want to bring in on loan in January.

Tomori would want first-team football. Bielsa wouldn’t be ready to give it to him until he’s trained with him and played multiple times in the Under-23s.

That’s not to say he’s a bad player. Tomori is a former England international who’s in good company when it comes to not being able to break into the Chelsea first-team squad.

He hasn’t made the matchday 18 in the last eight games and looks set to try and resurrect his career over in France.

Bielsa has said he doesn’t want to bring in a centre-back this January and while these stories will persist, we don’t believe he’s playing mind games, despite the injuries to Robin Koch and Diego Llorente.

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