By Mark Smith

1st Aug, 2020 | 2:00pm

Leeds reserve more than £2.2m for defender, Premier League move beckoning - report

After promotion to the Premier League, Leeds United will now be looking to strengthen their squad accordingly over the summer.

Looking at where the Whites may need to reinforce, there are clear gaps in defence and in the final third where Marcelo Bielsa may want to fill.

Patrick Bamford needs more competition, and if Leeds can’t secure Ben White that will be a priority at Elland Road.

Many names have been mentioned already despite the transfer window not even being open for a week, with Brondby defender Hjortur Hermannsson the next on the list.

Dutch outlet, Soccer News has reported that Leeds have set aside more than £2.2million for the Icelandic international this summer.

Reporting on their website, the money has been reserved and a move to the Premier League is beckoning for the 25-year-old.

The Athletic’s Phil Hay has already reported that Hermannsson compares well to the stats of White this season, and could be a cheaper alternative in West Yorkshire.

The 25-year-old has averaged 81.5 actions per 90 minutes this season and has impressively completed 75.8% successfully according to WyScout.

Bielsa wants his defenders to be confident in possession, and Hermannsson completes 61.7 passes per game, something that will attract Leeds to the Icelandic enforcer.

The priority will remain White at Elland Road, but for that cheap price, Hermannsson would be the perfect back-up now that Gaetano Berardi is injured.

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