Fulham boss Claudio Ranieri has revealed that Timothy Fosu-Mensah is free to return to Manchester United during the January transfer window.
And Leeds United should make an attempt to land the versatile defender on loan for the remainder of the 2018-19 campaign.
Fosu-Mensah joined Fulham on loan from United during the summer, but has struggled to establish himself with the Cottagers.
Ranieri told reporters that Fosu-Mensah could return to United this month with the view to potentially joining another club on loan for the rest of the season.
Fosu-Mensah has actually played 21 times for United’s first team, whilst he made 21 Premier League appearances during a loan spell at Crystal Palace last season.
It is a touch strange that he has not been involved for Fulham in recent weeks when considering the London club’s problems in a defensive area.
Fulham’s loss will be another’s gain, however, and Leeds should attempt to bring the three-time Netherlands international to Elland Road this month.
Leeds have had their problems in a defensive area this season and the chance to loan players with Fosu-Mensah’s credentials do not come around every day of the week.
Capable of playing at right-back, in central defence and indeed in a holding midfield position, Fosu-Mensah joined United from Ajax in 2014.
It would be fair to say that the Dutchman is not currently ready for regular action at United, but he did prove his worth at Palace in the Premier League last season.
And there is absolutely no question that Fosu-Mensah, who has 41 Premier League appearances to his name, has the credentials to be a real asset to a Championship club in the second half of the 2018-19 campaign.
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Leeds currently lead the Championship ahead of their huge home game against Derby County on Friday night.
However, the Whites have lost their last two league fixtures – conceding six times in the process – and a move for Fosu-Mensah at this stage makes perfect sense.