According to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Paul Heckingbottom will look to raid his former club to sign Barnsley defender Andy Yiadom for Leeds.
Leeds are reportedly eyeing up a free transfer for full back Yiadom as they look to strengthen their squad after a disappointing season.
It would take something remarkable for Leeds to go up or down this season, and Heckingbottom is reportedly already eyeing up his targets for the summer, with Yiadom leading the list.
Much to the dismay of Leeds fans, Director or Football Victor Orta is expected to continue his role at the head of the scouting network, but interest in Heckingbottom’s former player is surely down to the manager’s influence.
The 26 year-old, who is out of contract this summer, was all set to move to Huddersfield last summer but the deal fell through.
Yiadom isn’t exactly a glamorous signing, but he would certainly bring a bit more pace and excitement to Elland Road, something which has been sorely lacking this season. The Ghanaian international can play as a full back or a winger, and has grabbed three assists for Barnsley this season despite their torrid form.
His versatility is something that will appeal to Heckingbottom and Leeds, and he has shown his quality on the ball this season averaging 1.9 successful dribbles per game. Valued at £2.6million by Transfermarkt, his pace and power would help on both ends of the pitch.
The 26 year-old’s contract situation means he would be available for free if Leeds can convince him to join, though Barnsley could yet have something to say about Yiadom’s departure if they can escape the threat of relegation. If Heckingbottom could bring him in he would bring a little bit of everything to the Leeds back line.
Another thing to note is that Yiadom’s contract at Barnsley was just a two-year deal, something that will appeal to Leeds fans that are fed up of long contracts being given before they are earned. He could be a low risk high reward signing.
Leeds fans, would you like to see a bargain swoop for Yiadom this summer? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below…