Date: 11th July 2019 at 7:21am
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Leeds are in the market for defensive cover this summer, but Gary Cahill will not be the answer to Marcelo Bielsa’s woes, according to The 4th Official.

The former Chelsea centre-back emerged as a rumoured target for United earlier in the week following his release by the Stamford Bridge side, with it suggested his representatives had even reached out to the Whites to sound out any interest.

It is the understanding of The 4th Official, however, that Cahill’s entourage have not had any communication with any Leeds figures, and even if they had, United are not thought to be interested in the 33-year-old’s services.

That will surely be good news for Aston Villa, as they were said to have already opened, albeit preliminary, discussions with their former defender over a return to Birmingham, after his contract in South West London expired on June 30.

Leeds still need to improve our options at the back if we are to challenge for promotion next season, though, as Pontus Jansson’s departure has left the club with Liam Cooper and a suspended Gaetano Berardi as our only recognised senior centre-halves, while Academy graduate Conor Shaughnessy and on-loan defender Ben White offer the depth at present.

The 4th Official claim Whites chiefs are in the market for defensive cover, thankfully, but it remains to be seen who they have in line if it is not a 33-year-old two-time Premier League, two-time FA Cup, one-time Champions League, and two-time Europa League winner named Cahill.

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