By Sam Stone

11th Sep, 2022 | 10:40am

Leeds United could face bidding war for John Egan should they look to sign the defender in January

Leeds United could face a bidding war for Sheffield United defender John Egan should they decide to revisit a move as West Ham eye a January deal.

The Sun reported (10 September) that the Hammers are considering a £12million swoop for the 29-year-old Republic of Ireland defender.

It had been reported by The Express (31 August) that Leeds were looking into a last-minute move for the centre-back before the transfer window slammed shut.

However, if the Whites want to consider another move for the defender then they could well have to stump up a large fee with David Moyes keen to add Egan to his ranks.

Another defender would be welcomed at Elland Road, with Leeds’ issues at the back still a problem in the 2022/23 campaign. The 5-2 defeat away to Brentford was a stark reminder that there’s plenty of work still to do for Jesse Marsch.

Robin Koch and Diego Llorente haven’t been in the best of form this season and certainly need some competition for places in defence. Liam Cooper is coming back from injury and his return will be welcomed.

However, whoever plays in Leeds’ centre-half pairing will need to step up their performance levels after a leaky start to the season.

Egan has been a dependable defender throughout his career and one of the better ball-playing centre-halves in the Championship.

The Elland Road hierarchy should seriously consider going back for the 29-year-old in the January window to give Marsch another trustworthy and experienced option in defence.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites have reached an agreement to sign a left-back, according to his agent.