By Craig Scott

27th Oct, 2020 | 6:10pm

Leeds want to sign defensive midfielder with 21 caps, manager fears for January exit - report

Leeds United have watched over Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara in recent weeks amid a series of impressive displays by the Finland international, according to TeamTalk.

The football news website claims that Everton, Southampton, Monaco, Lille and Borussia Dortmund have also made checks on the 24-year-old defensive midfielder, who’s also been tracked by Burnley, Brighton, Newcastle, Sheffield United and Brentford.

It is understood that Rangers manager Steven Gerrard holds fears of losing Kamara when the transfer window re-opens in January and is “desperate” to get the ex-Arsenal midfielder tied down to a new contract to fend off interested clubs.

Leeds could do with some extra depth in their midfield.

In the last transfer window, the Whites made an effort to strengthen their central options by signing Michael Cuisance from Bayern Munich before the French midfielder failed a medical in West Yorkshire.

Leeds did not go back in for another central midfielder and instead opted to sign winger Raphinha from Rennes so Victor Orta and Marcelo Bielsa still may feel as though there’s a need for another player to join the midfield.

Kamara’s a deep-lying holding midfielder who would almost certainly serve as a back-up for Kalvin Phillips if he arrived in Yorkshire in January.

Phillips, 24, is one of the best players at Elland Road but he regularly has injuries and suspensions so he’s unlikely to be available for an entire season.

Kamara, admittedly, is unproven in the Premier League but he’s highly thought of north of the border.

Neil McCann, who previously managed Kamara at Dundee, tipped the 21-times Finland international to join an English top-flight club at some point in the future.

As quoted by the Daily Record in January 2019, ahead of Kamara’s move to Ibrox, McCann said: “I wouldn’t be surprised if an English Premier League team took him either.

“Put it this way, his next move is not going to be his last move. Wherever he goes now he’s going to make that club an awful lot of money.”

It remains to be seen how much Rangers would demand for Kamara but they have proven difficult to deal with when clubs came calling for Alfredo Morelos and Ryan Kent in the summer with Leeds one of the sides bidding for Kent.

It’ll be a tough deal to complete in January as Rangers won’t want a key player to leave in the middle of a push for the title while Bielsa has shown in the last two years he isn’t overly keen on signing new first-team players in the winter window.

In other Leeds United news, Gabby Agbonlahor has continued to make a fool out of himself with another rant about the Whites on talkSPORT.