Leeds United look set to complete a deal for out of favour defender Tommy Elphick, but there could be a surprise along with it.
The centre back has previously been linked with Leeds in the summer of 2016, with the club making an approach for the defender prior to his move to a newly relegated Villa.
Elphick’s decision seems to have backfired with him being surplus to requirements for manager Steve Brice, triggered Leeds to make an approach.
A deal in excess of £2.5million looks set to have been agreed for the former Bournemouth and Brighton man.
The 30-year old is strong in the air and also poses a major threat from set pieces. Elphick would be a massive improvement for Leeds’ defence and a welcome signing should he make the move.
But the deal could come with an additional bonus. When enquiring about the availability of Elphick, Leeds also discussed a possible switch for former striker Ross McCormack, who has returned from his loan spell at Melbourne City where he scored 14 goals in 16 games.
McCormack left Leeds back in 2014 having had disagreements with Leeds owner Massimo Cellino and has since been on red hot form prior to his stint at Villa.
A battle with depression and ill form has removed any chance of him reigniting his Villa career but there’s a special place in the players heart for Leeds and a ceremonial return to a club where the fans love him and who are in need of a striker could be the perfect mix.
With a combined fee of around £7million said to be in the making, Leeds could be set to bolster two positions in dire need of improvement with one foul swoop.
By Ryan Ingham