Leeds United are looking at signing Brentford defender John Egan and according to The Yorkshire Evening Post are very keen on bringing him to Elland Road.

The Republic of Ireland international and club captain made 34 appearances for the Bees this season, scoring three goals to help his side finish ninth in the Championship – four places ahead of the Whites.

Leeds are looking to bolster their defence, and Egan, who can play at both centre-back and right-back, has proven his ability at this level.

The 25-year-old was a product of Sunderland’s youth academy and spent time with Gillingham before moving to Brentford on a free transfer in 2016.

He has become a key part of their defence, playing 37 times in all competitions in 2016/17 and then 34 times this season.

Leeds are short of central defenders with Pontus Jansson and Liam Cooper the most experienced of those that remain at the club.

Conor Shaughnessy, who is 21, and Paudie O’Connor, who is 20, made only 13 Championship appearances between them this season.

The Evening Post reports that along with a new goalkeeper and a new striker, this is the position the Whites are prioritising for recruitment this summer.

Egan’s ability to also cover the right-back position would be helpful for Leeds, who already have Luke Ayling, Gaetano Berardi and Lewis Coyle able to play there.

The paper adds that Kyle Bartley – who spent the 2016/17 season on loan with Leeds – remains a target but negotiations with Swansea City appear to have stalled, forcing them to look elsewhere.

The Whites have reportedly not yet made an approach to Brentford about Egan, but the Bees would be extremely reluctant to let him leave.

With a contract running until 2020 and rated as one of the Championship’s most reliable defenders, Leeds may have their work cut out if they want to sign him.

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