By Neil Champney

13th Jun, 2020 | 7:00am

Report - Leeds hold talks with 25y/o midfielder, player set to become free agent this summer

Leeds United have entered preliminary talks for FC Nurnberg midfielder Patrick Erras, according to the Daily Mail

The 25-year-old is out of contract with the German side this summer, and his situation is understood to have alerted a number of English clubs.

The Whites are chief among those interested, but could face competition from the likes of Brentford, QPR, Bristol City and Blackburn Rovers.

Erras has featured 18 times for his current side this season, and stands at an impressive 6’5″ tall.

The Mail go on to suggest that Leeds are yet to make any definite decisions on  their summer transfer plans, with their ambitions hinging on which division they are playing their football next term.

It is reported, however, that free agents would represent more desirable targets for the Whites as they come to terms with the financial impact of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.

Erras looks like he could be a smart acquisition for Leeds, provided they can fend off competition from the likes of QPR and Brentford.

With a pass completion rate of 90.1% – 7.4% better than Kalvin Phillips’ this term, as per Wyscout – he is clearly a consistent and efficient player in the centre of the park.

His physical stature makes for an imposing presence in the centre of the park, while he has also won 13.3% more duels per game than Phillips this term too.

If he’s available on a free transfer, that can only be an added bonus, and bringing him in could represent a very smart piece of business for the Whites.

Of course, competition from elsewhere will complicate matters, but you would like to think that the added lure of Premier League football could be enough to give us the edge if and when push comes to shove.

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