Swindon Town right-back Nathan Thompson could emerge as a target for Leeds United if the Elland Road club are forced to sell Sam Byram.
Sources in Swindon claim Thompson, 22, is on United’s radar after coming to the fore at the County Ground during Town’s run to the League One play-off semi-finals.
Thompson played 26 times before missing the run-in and the play-offs with an ankle injury sustained at the beginning of last month.
His contract with Swindon expires at the end of June but his one-year deal is believed to include the option of another 12 months. Swindon are set to take up that option having named the young full-back on their retained list.
The Wiltshire club are believed to value Thompson in excess of £500,000 and United will only enter the market for a new right-back if a substantial offer for Byram tempts them to cash in on the 19-year-old.
Leeds have another available right-back in captain Lee Peltier, but Peltier – United’s most expensive signing in the 2012 summer transfer window – made a large number of his appearances this season in the centre of defence.