Kyle Bartley would be a smart move for Bielsa to shore up Leeds defence

Leeds United are interested in signing Swansea City defender Kyle Bartley according to The Sun on Sunday, as cited in The Birmingham Mail.

What’s the story?

The 27-year-old centre-back has been on the books of Swansea since 2012, although he has spent a number of seasons on loan including a successful spell at Leeds in 2016-17.

The defensive colossus only made five Premier League appearances for the Swans last season and is now considered surplus to requirements at the newly-relegated club.

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According to the report, Leeds are interested in re-signing the 6ft4 defender who is valued at £3.15million on Transfermarkt, but they will have to fight off competition from West Bromwich Albion and Birmingham City.

Kyle Bartley celebrates scoring for Leeds United

Is he worth it?

While £3million does seem costly for a player who can’t nail down a place in Swansea’s starting lineup, Bartley was impressive for Leeds during his spell, making 45 starts for the Whites, scoring six goals and assisting two from defence.

The report does not mention a fee but his apparent desire to leave and Swansea’s desire to sell means he could be available for a knock-down price, and he would be a great option to partner Pontus Jansson in defence, and it’s definitely an area that new boss Marcelo Bielsa needs to invest in.