Some good news today as BBC Leeds presenter Adam Pope tweeted saying a deal for Kyle Bartley is still making progress despite Swansea being relegated from the Premier League. Leeds have made Bartley priority number one and it’s a good job because he is the exact player we need coming through that door this summer.
“I understand that it’s (Bartley deal) making progress regardless.”
The reassuring thing is that Adam pope is one of two sources that all Leeds fans know they can trust. The other is of course Phil Hay. The likes of Lee Sobot and others fill in and do a great job but Hay and Pope are the ones with their finger on the pulse when it comes to Leeds United. The fact that Hay said Bartley was the number one target a few weeks back was great to hear and despite the relegation of Swansea City both Pope and Hay have confirmed Leeds are still in pursuit of the player. Bartley himself is open to a return, we know this and it’s down to Leeds to force the hand of Swansea City and make it happen. The sooner we get this deal done the better, and if we don’t we need a back-up plan because a defence with Liam Cooper in it will finish mid-table at best, every time.
Leeds couldn’t stump up the money that Swansea wanted last season, a fee of around £6 million but that fee will have been reduced this season for a few reasons. Bartley had one long-term injury and is currently injured, he didn’t feature much for the Swans and they are now a Championship club so commanding bigger fees isn’t so easy. The major factor in this is that it seems Bartley is keen for a return and that is huge for Leeds trying to get a deal done. Bartley will know he’s nailed on as a starter and probably for the captaincy as well. Luke Ayling also gives us the edge, Bartley’s best mate and the right-back has two holidays to help convince Bartley to come back to Leeds this summer.