Leeds United: Whites end interest in defender Ekstrand

Garry Monk.
Garry Monk.
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LEEDS UNITED have ended their interest in former Watford defender Joel Ekstrand.

The 27-year-old Swede was widely tipped to become United’s seventh signing of the close-season, but doubts about his previous injury record are understood to have caused the club to re-assess matters and look elsewhere.

Ekstrand was released by Watford last month, having not played competitively since damaging his anterior cruciate ligament in March 2015.

Head coach Garry Monk is now looking at alternative defensive targets, with midfielder also a priority area - heightened by the £10m departure of Lewis Cook to top-flight side Bournemouth.

United have so far brought in six players to the close this summer, Swansea loan duo Kyle Bartley and Matt Grimes, £2m Swedish forward Marcus Antonsson, Sporting Lisbon loan winger Hadi Sacko, ex-QPR and England goalkeeper Rob Green and £3m Oxford United attacker Kemar Roofe.

United are currently in Ireland in pre-season and play Shelbourne on Wednesday evening.

They visit Shamrock Rovers on Saturday.