By Mark Smith

19th Sep, 2020 | 12:30pm

Premier League giants ready to accept defeat as Leeds enter talks for defender - report

Leeds United are trying desperately to add another defender to their squad before the October transfer deadline hits.

The Whites have been in talks with plenty of defenders during this window, including Dinamo Zagreb’s Josko Gvardiol.

Manchester United’s Axel Tuanzebe has also been mentioned, but the latest defender on the list comes from the Red Devils nearest rivals.

Leeds have been in talks with Manchester City over their young defender Tosin Adarabioyo, according to TEAMtalk.

The online outlet have reported that City are ready to accept defeat in their attempts to keep the 22-year-old, who looks set to leave the Etihad Stadium.

Pep Guardiola is said to be an admirer of the 6’5″ defender, but with nine months left on his contract, now could be the only chance they have of receiving a fee for his services.

Leeds aren’t alone in negotiations, with Fulham, West Ham, Everton and Newcastle all reportedly interested.

Adarabioyo has spent the last two seasons out on loan in the Championship, first with West Brom and more recently Blackburn.

The 22-year-old impressed during those spells, and clearly caught the eye of Guardiola who was set to offer him a chance to fight for a spot in the first-team.

Given that the defender is in the final year of his contract, City won’t be able to demand too much of a sum, or they could be forced to let him leave on a free at the end of the campaign.

Adarabioyo made 34 appearances in the Championship last season. The defender made 1.9 interceptions and almost five clearances according to WhoScored – more than Liam Cooper in both categories.

Leeds need another defender, that is clear and they could pull off a cheap masterclass in this pursuit of Adarabioyo.

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