Bryan is ideal Douglas replacement and Wolves must beat RB Leipzig to land him

Newly-promoted Wolves have accepted a bid from Leeds United for flying wing-back Barry Douglas, according to the Express and Star.

Elsewhere, Europa League outfit RB Leipzig are ahead in the crowded chase to land Bristol City’s Joe Bryan, who can operate on both the left of defence and midfield, according to the Star.

What’s the story, then?

The Express and Star report that Douglas has one year remaining on his current Molineux deal – although Wolves have the option to extend it for a further year.

That may explain the surprising decision he has reportedly taken to drop down a league and add real quality to Marcelo Bielsa’s attempts to finally guide Leeds back to the big time.

The Star report that Bryan is valued at £6m and Leipzig is his preferred destination at this moment in time, with Wolves among the chasing pack for his signature.

Bryan is the ideal Douglas replacement

Left wing-back is a tough position to recruit in, especially for a newly-promoted side. It is a specialist role but most options tend to be strong going forward but not so hot defensively.

Bryan is strong at both ends of the pitch. His delivery from the left – something that Douglas brought to the Molineux party last season – is exceptional, and he is also a strong one-against-one defender.

At £6m, he does not cost the earth and would make the jump up to the Premier League with few issues at all. Selling Douglas would make sense for Wolves if they can bring in Bryan instead.