By Craig Scott

24th Dec, 2019 | 8:00pm

Report: North-West club in swoop to sign Leeds 24y/o in January

Blackpool have made a swoop to sign Leeds United full-back Lewie Coyle ahead of the January transfer window opening, according to Football Insider.

The news outlet claims that Marcelo Bielsa is willing to let Coyle, 24, leave Elland Road on a permanent basis next month due to his contract expiring at the end of the season.

Coyle is currently on loan at Fleetwood Town but as things stand, he is set to become available as a free agent once the season is over.

However it is understood that Leeds have taken the decision to try and cash in on the right-back in January, rather than let his contract wind down.

It makes a lot of sense for Leeds to try and move Coyle on in January because they will essentially be cutting their losses on a player who is bound to leave for free in the summer.

Coyle has done well during his time on loan at Fleetwood and this season has made 23 appearances in all competitions and assisted five goals.

However it is unlikely that he will be ready to play for a top-end Championship club like the Whites any time soon.

Leeds also have a wealth of options to play at right-back so if Coyle did return to West Yorkshire and sign a new contract, he would likely struggle to get any kind of game-time.

It is just best for all parties that Coyle moves on permanently.

He seems to have already made his name in the North-West with Fleetwood so there’s a good chance he will shine while at nearby Blackpool if they manage to land the 24-year-old next month.

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has shared an update on Adam Forshaw’s recovery.