Leeds United have their eyes on Barnsley centre-back Liam Lindsay, but face plenty of competition for the signature of the League One star, the Birmingham Mail report the Daily Mirror as suggesting.

The Whites are already putting together a shopping list for the summer, with the highly-rated central defender firmly on it for when the transfer window reopens.

Leeds will not have had to have gone very far to scout the former Partick Thistle man, with Barnsley not very far away, and they may well have had him watched during the Tykes’ last-gasp win over Walsall on Saturday afternoon.

Lindsay is seen as a huge reason why the Oakwell outfit are pushing so hard to chase Luton Town at the top of the League One table. He has been dubbed in some quarters as the new Alan Hansen, with his reading of the game being above his years, and his class and comfort on the ball being there for all to see.

The centre-back is having a wonderful season in the third tier, so it is no surprise that a number of big clubs, including Leeds, are monitoring his services ahead of a move in the summer.

Aston Villa, Celtic and Brighton and Hove Albion are all believed to be interested in signing the 23-year-old in the summer, which could see something of a bidding war going on to secure his signature.

Leeds are hoping to be in the Premier League next season, which they hope will give them the edge on signing Lindsay, especially as he would not have to relocate if he was to join them.

Marcelo Bielsa and his Whites’ scouting network have kept a close eye on League One this season, with the Yorkshire outfit rumoured to have been interested in James Justin from Luton earlier in the campaign.

It will be interesting to see if they decide to make a move for the Barnsley star in the summer, or whether they risk losing him to one of their rivals.

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