Leeds want to beat Rangers to Burke deal

According to The Mirror, Leeds United are preparing to battle Rangers for the signature of West Ham United defender Reece Burke in this summer’s transfer window.

What’s the story?

Burke came through the youth system at West Ham, and has made 15 appearances for the club’s first team – three of which came this season.

The defender spent the majority of the 2017-18 campaign on loan at Bolton Wanderers, however, appearing in 25 Championship matches.

Burke is contracted to the Hammers until the summer of 2020, but it is understood that he will be free to leave the London Stadium ahead of the 2018-19 season.

According to The Mirror, Steven Gerrard wants to bring Burke to Rangers, but Leeds are also very much in the hunt for the former England Under-20 international.

The report claims that West Ham could yet loan Burke out rather than sanction a permanent sale, but both Rangers and Leeds are interested in a transfer.

Would Burke fit in at Leeds?

There is no question that Leeds need to sign at least one new centre-back this summer.

Indeed, there is no getting away from the fact that it was a very disappointing 2017-18 campaign for the club, and a lot of the criticism from the club’s supporters was aimed at the defensive unit.

Liam Cooper has had a difficult relationship with the Leeds fans this term, whilst the same can be said for Pontus Jansson.

Matthew Pennington has also returned to parent club Everton following a loan spell.

It will prove difficult for Leeds to sign Burke ahead of a number of clubs, but the London-born centre-back would be perfect for the Championship outfit.

Burke is yet to appear in the Premier League, but has proved that he can operate at Championship level, and has the potential to be a long-term solution at Elland Road.