Leeds are in desperate need of centre back reinforcements, and Wolfsburg’s willingness to part ways with Jeffrey Bruma should have alarm bells ringing at Elland Road.

What’s the word?

According to Bild, Celtic are eyeing a swoop for Wolfsburg centre back Bruma, as the Hoops desperately search for defensive reinforcements.

Brendan Rodgers’ side crashed out of the Champions League last week, due mainly to some truly awful defending.

While right back is also a concern for the Scottish side, centre back is their main priority, and Bruma is reportedly available for around £7m.

Rodgers has also been eyeing up Aberdeen’s Scott McKenna, but the race may now be on for Bruma after McKenna was priced as high as £10m.

If the Dutch international is truly on the market at around £7m, Marcelo Bielsa and Leeds would be foolish not to pursue him given the injury crisis at Elland Road.

Would he be a good signing?

Leeds fans will be fearing the worst as we head towards the end of the transfer window, as Liam Cooper is set to be out for the next two to three weeks with a hamstring injury. Given the extensive injury issues both Cooper and Pontus Jansson have suffered in the past, a new central defender is an absolute must.

Bruma has struggled with injuries himself in the last 18 months, but a move to England could reinvigorate his career, and for years he was viewed as the Netherlands’ best centre back, ahead of Liverpool colossus Virgil van Dijk.

Bruma joined Bundesliga outfit Wolfsburg in 2016 after three successful seasons with PSV, where he scored seven Eredivisie goals, and won the league twice.

Aforementioned, the 26 year-old has had some fitness issues of his own since the move to Germany, but at his best he is a no nonsense defender with the leadership skills to command Bielsa’s defence in the absence of someone like Cooper.

Across two seasons with Wolfsburg, he has won nearly four aerial duels per game, while averaging 1.1 tackles, 1.6 interceptions and over five clearances per game.

He is not the most mobile centre back, but at 6 ft 2 in, with bags of title-winning and international experience under his belt, he could just be the perfect man to lead Leeds’ back line alongside Pontus Jansson.

So, Leeds fans, would you back a £7m move for Bruma? Or are his injuries a concern? Let us know your thoughts by voting in the poll below…



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Ben Goodwin