Leeds want Dutch defender, Euro club already has replacement lined up - report
Leeds United are interested in signing Utrecht right-back Sean Klaiber this summer, according to Dutch news outlet Voetbal International.
Klaiber, 25, scored four goals and supplied four assists in 24 Eredivisie appearances this season for Utrecht as they finished sixth in the final league standings.
Although former Netherlands Under-21 international Klaiber played an important role in a decent season in Utrecht, the Dutch club are already eyeing up a replacement for him by enquiring about VVV-Venlo’s Tobias Pachonik.
Leeds have won promotion to the Premier League and are no doubt in need of reinforcements but a new right-back is unlikely to be one of Marcelo Bielsa’s priorities.
It would be a massive shock for Bielsa to want to replace Luke Ayling, who has started more often than not at right-back in the Championship this term.
Aside from Ayling, Leeds do have other options to play at right-back with Jamie Shackleton and Stuart Dallas both capable in that role.
We don’t see Leeds spending money on what is bound to be a back-up option for Bielsa, unless it was for someone who is young and has plenty of potential.
Although Klaiber’s clearly had a decent season for Utrecht, we don’t understand why he would head to Elland Road to play second fiddle to Ayling.
There are other areas in this squad that need strengthening first. A new left-back would perhaps be more useful while one or two centre-backs are also bound to be a priority.
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