Former Leeds United midfielder Carlton Palmer has exclusively told Football FanCast that Ryan Bertrand could be an option for the club this summer.
The Southampton defender is out of contract at St Mary’s this summer, and it was confirmed on Wednesday reports that his seven-year stay on the south coast will come to an end once his deal expires at the end of the season.
Bertrand, who was heavily linked with Arsenal in January, has still been a regular under Ralph Hasenhuttl despite growing concerns surrounding his future, appearing in all but five of the Saints’ 35 Premier League games this term.
Meanwhile, Leeds could need another left-back, with Ezgjan Alioski having reportedly signed a pre-contract with Turkish outfit Galatasaray, whilst Barry Douglas is out of contract and expected to move away from Elland Road.
The versatile Stuart Dallas has often slotted in at left full-back, but the Yorkshire side and owner Andrea Radrizzani may well be looking to add to that department in the summer window.
Palmer was asked whether Leeds could look at bringing Bertrand in on a free this summer. He told Football FanCast:
“At the end of the day he’s not signed a new contract yet and he’s played regularly for Southampton. He’s a very steady player.
“Clubs like Leeds will be looking at him. Maybe he feels he can pick up a club that can do better. It boils down to finances.
“I don’t know the guy and have not spoken to him, but again, it’s about playing football and he’s played regular football at Southampton.”