Leeds United have registered their interest in Arsenal defender Rob Holding as they work on alternatives to Ben White, Football Insider understands.
The Yorkshire giants have been unable to agree a deal with Brighton for White despite offering up to £30million for their 2019-20 loan sensation.
A Leeds source has told Football Insider the club have been told in preliminary discussions with Arsenal that Holding, 24, will be made available for a move this window.
The Gunners are closing in on a new centre-back signing and are ready to offload their 2016 signing from Bolton Wanderers.
That has given Leeds encouragement over a deal although Holding is regarded as one of their back-ups to White and not a first choice.
One of Marcelo Bielsa’s main priorities ahead of the new season is to recruit a senior centre-back to partner skipper Liam Cooper.