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Report: Leeds United Want To Sign German International Defender

Report: Leeds United Want To Sign German International Defender

While Leeds United were without doubt the best team in the Championship last season, it is still likely that their squad will need some upgrades ahead of their return to the Premier League.

Centre back will certainly be a position of priority. Ben White starred on loan at Elland Road, with the club keen on signing him on a permanent basis this summer.

Leeds have already submitted a couple of bids for the player, both of which have been rejected out of hand. Brighton may opt to keep him at the club for the upcoming campaign, while the likes of Liverpool, Spurs, and Manchester United have also been linked with a big money move for the player.

This could force Leeds to look elsewhere for a central defender. They now appear to have set their sights on a Germany international.

The Telegraph are reporting that Leeds are interested in signing Freiberg's Robin Koch, once their hopes of signing Ben White have been ended.

Their interest in the defender has also been confirmed by The Athletic's Phil Hay, a very reliable source for any Leeds news.

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The 24-year old made his debut for Germany in October of last year in the Euro 2020 qualifier against Estonia. He also made 30 appearances in the Bundesliga having initially joined from Kaiserslautern in 2017.

Koch only has 12 months remaining on his current deal, meaning he would certainly be a cheaper option than White. It is expected Freiburg would consider options in excess of £10million. He has also been linked with a move to Tottenham.

Marcelo Bielsa would be hoping a few more recruits, although a shorter pre-season will give them little time to adapt to his demanding style of football ahead of the Premier League's kick-off in September.

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Gary Connaughton

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