Leeds United are reportedly one of a number of clubs chasing sought-after Aston Villa centre-back Tommy Elphick, according to The Birmingham Mail.
Although no specific fee is mentioned, recently-relegated Sunderland and Birmingham City are mentioned alongside the Whites as keeping tabs on the player.
The 29-year-old had a mixed experience at Villa Park last season after joining from Premier League side Bournemouth in June 2016.
Starting as club captain under previous manager Roberto Di Matteo, he gradually found himself out of favour after the Villans appointed current boss Steve Bruce in October.
The experienced centre-back made 26 appearances in the Championship last season and quickly built a rapport with fans and team-mates, though with arrival of John Terry means that Elphick’s first team opportunities will become limited.
New Sunderland head coach Simon Grayson views the player as a perfect replacement for the departing Lamine Kone, who is set to leave the club this summer, the report states.
For Leeds securing the signing of Elphick or another centre-half will be a top priority, as new Danish boss Thomas Christiansen currently deals with a lack of options at the back.
With the new season only a few weeks away, Liam Cooper and Pontus Jansson are currently the only natural central defenders at Elland Road following Kyle Bartley’s loan stint ending.
With Leeds surely desperate to bolster their backline over the summer, Elphick looks like a perfect fit.
Despite looking short in defensive areas, Leeds have been busy in the transfer market as Christiansen looks to stamp his own authority on the squad.
A raft of new signings have been made including Jansson, exciting attacking talents Samu Saiz, Ezgjan Alioski and Caleb Ekuban, former loanee Hadi Sacko, German goalkeeper Felix Wiedwald, Polish midfielder Mateusz Klich, Madger Gomes and former Newcastle player Vurnon Anita.
Elphick’s addition would provide an extra option at the back for Leeds and the Villa man looks like someone who could partner Jansson at the heart of the Elland Road rearguard.
The Whites have recently started their pre-season training camp in Austria and are due to play German giants Borussia Monchengladbach on July 20 and Eibar on Sunday July 23.