Leeds United decided against making a move for former Barnsley right-back Andy Yiadom despite the defender supposedly being a transfer target for the Elland Road outfit, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post.

The full-back was well known to Whites boss Paul Heckingbottom, with the two having been together at Oakwell prior to the manager making the move across Yorkshire earlier in the year.

Yiadom was out of contract at Barnsley and with the Director of Football at Elland Road, Victor Orta, signalling an intent to bring in players with proven Championship experience, it was believed that the defender was a target for Leeds, but it appears that was not the case after all.

The Yorkshire outfit already have three right-backs in the form of Gaetano Berardi, Lewie Coyle and Luke Ayling and in the end they chose not to pursue a deal for the Ghana international as they could not guarantee that there would be a use for him.

Heckingbottom is making positive moves in the transfer market as he looks to strengthen his squad ahead of launching a sustained promotion bid in the next campaign, and while a number of positions are likely to be addressed in this close season, it seems that the right side of defence is not one of them.

With Ayling returning from injury in the final game of the campaign, it made the decision not to progress with a move for another right-back a lot easier, and will allow the Leeds boss to focus his attentions elsewhere.

Yiadom has since agreed a deal to join Reading on a long-term deal, so if the Whites do end up revisiting that area of the pitch then they are going to need to find a different target to attempt to lure to Elland Road ahead of the new campaign.


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