The news that Kyle Bartley has now told Swansea he wants out is music to the ears of Leeds United and the fact Swansea will sell him just adds to the tune. Bartley has also said he wants the move to Leeds and the club are hoping they can do a deal for around £4 million according to Phil Hay, and do it soon.
Leeds seem to have changed their stance on a few areas and the most important ones at that. Learning lessons isn’t really in our DNA and we have a proven track record of that but this summer is starting to heat up and the season hasn’t even finished for all of the clubs. Leeds move for Abel Hernandez rather than a Serie B striker has also encouraged fans, Hernandez is being courted by various clubs but wants to stay in England, Leeds United and Aston Villa a couple of the clubs after his signature, Leeds are confident enough to make an offer for the out of contract player and as Phil Hay said they wouldn’t have put in the offer if they didn’t think it was possible. Signing Bartley would be a huge statement and if the fee is £4 million as Hay said it would be a fair price for a player who Leeds United really need in their side.
Signing Bartley is more than just signing a defender as well. Bartley is the captain we don’t have and he would command the armband as soon as he walked through the door, that’s the sort of character he is and at times he even captained Swansea in the Premier League. The fact that Bartley was inured for much of the season works in favour of Leeds United because it reduces the price, as does the fact he currently has a knee injury as negotiations are set to intensify. Bartley will hopefully have his future sorted before he heads away on two holidays with another Leeds United player Luke Ayling. The players have been good friends for a long time and Ayling said he would “be in his ear” during the summer to try to convince him to come back to Leeds. That won’t be necessary, can Leeds now secure the deal? It’s on a plate after all.