Leeds in the race to sign Premier League defender

Calum Chambers Arsenal training

Leeds United have had a rather dramatic first week of the new season.

As they prepare to face another newly-promoted side in Fulham at the weekend, they'll go into the clash off the back of two defeats.

Having lost to Hull in midweek, a chance was lost to potentially go far in domestic cup competition. That was a pretty dire performance, but their display at Anfield was anything but.

They have may have been defeated 4-3 but they gave the champions a proper run for their money.

That should give Leeds supporters confidence that they can compete with the very best the country has to offer, even if they were undone on a regular basis defensively.

The attacking performance was sumptuous and it should be a huge boost that even without Rodrigo, they can still compete. 

It's no secret that Leeds' backline could struggle this season, though, particularly if they don't sign one or two more bodies. 

Marcelo Bielsa at Anfield

Players like Josko Gvardiol have been linked but unfortunately, they won't be able to sign Rob Holding from Arsenal anyone. That's because Mikel Arteta took a U-turn on his future a few weeks ago, denying him a move to Elland Road after talks had occurred.

With that in mind, the Whites could now move for a different centre-half at Arsenal. 

According to TEAMtalk, Leeds are one of many clubs in the running to sign Calum Chambers.

Valued at £12m, Victor Orta will have to fight off interest from Fulham, West Ham and Newcastle in a bid to acquire the player's signature. 

Arsenal have made it clear that the 25-year-old is not in their plans and are ready to sell him.

Calum Chambers

GIVEMESPORT'S Matt Dawson says...

This would be an absolute waste of money from Leeds' point of view.

Chambers may have experience of the Premier League and the ability to play in a number of positions, but he is injury prone and not consistent enough.

At present, he is ruled out until the very end of the year after suffering a horrible ACL injury. He is doing light ball work in training but he won't be ready to play a proper match for a few months yet. 

For £12m, you want a player who can come in and make an instant impact, not someone who will sit on the sidelines until December of January. 

Calum Chambers injury

Described as an "accident waiting to happen" by football pundit Tony Cascarino in the 2017/18 campaign, it doesn't bode particularly well.

He was named Fulham's Player of the Season in the following campaign but that was from a defensive midfield position. Leeds don't need bodies there, they need them in the backline.

This would not be a good way to strengthen their defence. 

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