By Craig Scott

15th Mar, 2020 | 1:00pm

Report: Leeds hot on the heels of in-form English defender whose contract expires next year

Leeds United have been keeping close tabs on Ipswich Town defender Luke Woolfenden, according to TWTD.

The reliable Ipswich news site claims that Crystal Palace, Sheffield United and QPR are also interested in the 21-year-old centre-back, who has impressed at Portman Road this season.

TWTD reports that Woolfenden’s contract is set to expire next year but Ipswich do have the option to extend that by a further 12 months if they wish.

While it remains to be seen what league Leeds will be playing in next season, there is a strong chance that Marcelo Bielsa will need to add to his centre-back options.

Gaetano Berardi’s contract expires this summer and there is no deal in place to turn Ben White’s loan stay at Elland Road into a permanent one.

It means that Liam Cooper could be left as the only natural centre-back option in Bielsa’s senior squad so Ipswich-born Woolfenden could be a welcome addition in West Yorkshire.

The former Bromley and Swindon loanee has been in good form for Ipswich this season, appearing 36 times across all competitions and scoring one goal in the process, which proved to be the winner against Lincoln City in January.

According to stats by WyScout, Woolfenden has won 69.6 per cent of his defensive duels this season in League One and 60.4 per cent of his aerial duels.

On average, he’s made 5.96 interceptions per game and 3.37 clearances.

In comparison, White has won 71.9 per cent of defensive duels and 53.8 per cent of aerial duels while also averaging 3.87 interceptions and 2.39 clearances.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites have been urged to sign this 22-year-old player.