Leeds United slash asking price for Douglas – EXCLUSIVE

Leeds United have slashed their asking price for Barry Douglas as they look to offload him by Friday night, Football Insider understands.

The left-back, 31, has held talks about potential moves to Watford and Blackburn Rovers after being given permission to leave Elland Road.

A Leeds source has told Football Insider that the club would prefer to sell Douglas permanently rather than on loan.

He has entered the final year of his Elland Road contract so there is no hope of recouping the £3million fee paid to Wolves in the summer of 2018.

Leeds are willing to accept less than half of what they paid the Midlands giants to get Douglas off their books.

A sale would also trim their wage bill, especially significant as the defender is a relatively high earner.

Douglas has been told by Leeds he is free to find a new club after being frozen out of Marcelo Bielsa’s side.

This site broke the news that Watford had made an approach for the left-back, 31, while Blackburn are also in hot pursuit.

He has failed to make the United matchday squad for any of their four Premier League fixtures this season.

His only involvement came in the EFL Cup defeat to Hull City when Leeds fielded a weakened team made up of fringe and young players.

Douglas has slipped to fourth in the Leeds left-back pecking order, which is led by converted wingers Stuart Dallas and Ezgjan Alioski.

Youngster Leif Davis has also been preferred and made the bench for recent Leeds matches.

In other news, Leeds United are negotiating a £10million deal ahead of Friday’s 5pm deadline.