Leeds United are on the lookout for a left-sided defender and they’ve been linked with a move for Brentford’s Rico Henry.

The 23-year-old England Under-20 international has been at Griffin Park for four years after signing from Walsall for £1.62m from Walsall.

That fee could have risen to as much as £5m if clauses were met, according to the BBC.

The Daily Mail has claimed that four clubs are chasing him – Leeds, Brighton, West Ham and West Brom.

Henry a solid option for Leeds

Poor old Brentford. A late charge up the Championship ended in double agony – first as they failed to win either of the last two games after eight victories in a row. A win in either would have seen them automatically promoted.

Then, they lost in the play-off final to Fulham. We know how the fans and Pontus Jansson will be thinking – and poor Jansson has been there before with Leeds, although he got a step close to the promised land this time.

Brentford are now looking at losing their best players. Said Benrahma and Ollie Watkins are top of the list – and Leeds are said to be interested in both of them – but Henry is an interesting proposition.

Henry has played 87 games for Brentford since signing as a 19-year-old.

He’s been a consistent performer, without delivering the sort of attacking returns that would excite fans.

But Leeds need a natural left-back, no-matter how good Stuart Dallas has been there last season.

Henry has got pace and an engine – two things that Marcelo Bielsa will demand in a left-back. He’s even been compared to Ashley Cole by Aston Villa manager Dean Smith.

BBC journalist Rob Gurney was also full of praise for Henry, saying he had excellent distribution and that he could go the top of the game.

Stats showed that he excelled in the Brentford side last season and it would seem like this is the perfect time for him to move on and take his game to the next level under a manager like Marcelo Bielsa.

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