Leeds United are ready to cash in on academy product Lewie Coyle in January, according to Football Insider.
Coyle is out of contract next year and has not featured for the Whites since Marcelo Bielsa’s arrival at Elland Road, making each of his 23 senior United appearances prior to the summer of 2017.
The 24-year-old has spent the last three seasons on loan with League One side Fleetwood Town, where he is highly-rated by head coach Joey Barton and earned the club’s Player of the Year award at the end of the ’17/18 campaign.
Fleetwood are understood to be keen on signing the 5 ft 8 right-back on a permanent deal, with his latest temporary stint at Highbury Stadium up at the end of December.
Leeds are prepared to part ways with the Hull-born defender in January as the board know the winter market presents our last opportunity to land a significant sum for Coyle’s services.
We would still be set to earn a nominal compensation fee for the £225,000-rated star’s development should Coyle leave at the end of his contract in 2020, though, due to his homegrown status.
Should Leeds sell Coyle?
Coyle has started each of Fleetwood’s 15 League One fixtures thus far this season and has been credited with four assists, after playing a total of 23 key passes, according to WhoScored data.
He has also registered an average of 1.6 successful tackles per ninety minutes, plus 0.7 interceptions, 1.8 clearances, 1.8 blocks, 0.9 completed dribbles and 49.2 passes.