Leeds United: Enquiry made for Forest's Jack Hobbs

Jack Hobbs battles with Chris Wood at the City Ground last season.
Jack Hobbs battles with Chris Wood at the City Ground last season.

Leeds United have enquired about Nottingham Forest’s Jack Hobbs amid their on-going search for a new centre-back.

The former Hull City player in on United’s radar with Leeds looking to add another central defender to their squad before the start of the new Championship season.

Hobbs has been with Forest for two-and-a-half-years and has another two seasons remaining on his contract at the City Ground.

His career there has been affected by injury, limiting him to less than 40 league appearances since a permanent move from Hull in 2014, but he is one of a number of centre-backs who are interesting Leeds.

The 27-year-old played 23 times last year for a Forest side who finished 16th in the Championship. Forest shipped out fellow centre-back Kelvin Wilson to Rotherham United today.

United have three central defenders on their books already - Sol Bamba, Kyle Bartley and Liam Cooper - but Cooper missed most of pre-season with a calf injury which ruled him out of all five of the club’s friendlies.

Cooper was due to resume training this week, ahead of Sunday’s opening Championship game at Queens Park Rangers, but Monk wants more cover in that area of his squad.

Leeds, who landed Bartley on a season-long loan from Swansea City last month, considered a handing deal for former Watford player and free agent Joel Ekstrand earlier in the summer but ended talks due to concerns about the Swede’s fitness.