Leeds United have reportedly joined Celtic in the race to land Brentford midfielder Romaine Sawyers.
According to the Football Insider, Whites boss Marcelo Bielsa has identified the 27-year-old as a potential summer arrival.
Celtic have been desperate to land the powerful midfielder in recent weeks and are thought to be willing to pay the Bees £2.5 million for the Saint Kitts and Nevis international.
However, Leeds’ interest could well drive the midfielder’s asking price up, which will come as a major blow to Celtic officials.
Sawyers has been a regular for both Walsall and Brentford over the past six years and could well prove to be a like-for-like replacement for the unsettled Olivier Ntcham.
Boss Neil Lennon has already brought in three summer signings and looks set to add more depth to his squad in multiple areas ahead of the new season.
However, following Leeds’ recent reported interest, a move for Sawyers could now be made trickier.
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Woods has struggled to nail down a regular starting spot at Stoke City, and the former Brentford man could be of interest to the Hoops.
Versatile midfielder Brownhill has been one of Bristol City’s standout performers in recent years. The 23-year-old could be a smart alternative if the Hoops miss out on Sawyers.
Former Tottenham midfielder Carroll only featured 15 times for Swansea City last season and could be available in a cut-price deal this summer.
Howson has been a regular for Middlesbrough in recent years and could be keen on a move to Scotland to work under Neil Lennon.