Alan Hutton says that Rangers defender Connor Goldson could be a good signing for Leeds United, but that it may not be easy for the Whites to prise him away from Ibrox in the summer transfer window.
It was recently reported that Leeds, along with Championship promotion rivals West Brom and Fulham, as well as Premier League side West Ham, are still monitoring the situation around Goldson, having first shown an interest in the defender in January.
Having only joined Rangers at the start of last season, Goldson has already made over 100 appearances for the Scottish giants, and Hutton has clearly seen enough to believe that the centre back could be a useful addition at Leeds.
Speaking to Football Insider about the Whites’ links with Goldson, Hutton – who made 122 appearances for Rangers between 2002 and 2008 – said: “I think on the whole he’s been brilliant, he’s been a stand-up leader, he’s filled in for James Tavernier as captain if he wasn’t available.
“He made a couple of mistakes towards the end of the season – it happens, we’re not all perfect, we make mistakes – but it’s how you bounce back from that.”
However, Hutton does not believe that Leeds will have things all their own way in their pursuit of Goldson, with the former Scotland international adding: “On the whole he’s been a very good signing for Rangers so it doesn’t surprise me big teams like Leeds are looking at him.
“He’s obviously had good appearances in Europe that a lot of clubs will be watching. I don’t think it’s just Leeds that are interested, I’ve heard rumours of other clubs.”
That interest from elsewhere may not make things easy for Leeds when it comes to securing the services of Goldson, particularly given he still has just over two years remaining on his contract at Ibrox.
However, if Leeds were to manage to pull off the signing of Goldson when the transfer window reopens, it could well be seen as something of a statement of intent from the Whites, particularly if it comes ahead of a return to the Premier League next season.