Garry Monk will look to reunite with Kyle Bartley at a third club this summer, with Middlesbrough ready to fight Leeds United for the Swansea City defender, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post.

The ambitious manager shocked the Elland Road faithful by resigning from the Championship club last month and has since taken over at the Riverside Stadium.

While there has not been talk in the press of Monk raiding Leeds for players, there looks set to be a scramble for Bartley’s signing this summer.

The commanding central defender was a star man at the Yorkshire club while on loan in 2016-17, with the manager making him captain of the Whites.

Bartley and Monk also worked together at Swansea and with the centre-half having only 12 months left on his deal at the Liberty Stadium, his future remains slightly unclear.

Paul Clement has instigated in the recent past that the former Arsenal youth player will have a role at the Liberty Stadium next season, but with his contract running down the Welsh club could be forced into a decision.

The latest report suggests that Leeds would be keen to bring Bartley back to Elland Road despite Monk’s departure, while Middlesbrough are ready to enter a tussle for the defender’s hand if he becomes available.

Given the player’s close bond with the manager and his previous words of praise for the new Boro boss, everything points to another blow for the Yorkshiremen if Bartley is given a choice between the Championship clubs.


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