In Focus: Leeds handed boost in Flint pursuit

According to The Mirror, Bristol City are ready to sell centre-back Aden Flint this summer, with Leeds United strongly placed to sign the 6ft 5in defender.

What’s the story?

Flint, 28, is widely regarded as one of the most effective central defenders in the second tier of English football, and a number of clubs have been linked with a move in recent weeks.

Bristol City were initially expected to fight off interest in the former Swindon Town youngster, but according to The Mirror, the club’s recent capture of Nathan Baker from Aston Villa means that they will allow the centre-back to seek pastures new this summer.

The Mirror has claimed that Leeds are offering Flint a big pay rise on his current salary, but the team from Elland Road will face competition from Birmingham City, who believe that they are the favourites for his signature ahead of the new campaign.

Flint helped Swindon win League Two during the 2011-12 campaign, and has since progressed onto League One and into the Championship, where he has played his football in each of the last two seasons.

Why are Leeds so keen?

Well, aside from the fact that Flint is a 6ft 5in centre-back, he has also forced a reputation as a goalscoring defender over the last few seasons.

Incredibly, Flint, who is rated at £850,000 by transfermarkt.co.uk, has netted 29 times in 200 professional appearances, with his best scoring season coming during the 2014-15 campaign, when he scored 14 League One goals.

He has managed six and five goals respectively for Bristol City in each of the last two Championship seasons, and his ability from set pieces has made him an extremely effective weapon.

Leeds will seemingly face strong interest from Birmingham for a player that has previously represented England C, but if the former Champions League club can secure his signature, it might well be one of the Championship’s best signings in this summer’s transfer window.