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Leeds United continue to eye West Ham player as London club plot contract agreement

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Leeds United are expected to make a fresh move for West Ham defender Harrison Ashby when the transfer window reopens.

That’s according to journalist Alan Nixon, who also says that the Hammers will look to secure a new contract for the 20-year-old, in a bid to ward off that interest.

It was reported by Nixon in the final days of the window, that Leeds had made an enquiry about a potential move for Ashby, in a bid to boost their options on the right-hand side of their defence.

Another Premier League side, Newcastle, were also linked with a move for the right-back, although ultimately no deal materialised, with the player remaining at West Ham.

Now however, it seems there is a chance that could change again once the window reopens, with this latest update claiming that Leeds are expected to make another attempt to sign the 20-year-old.

In response to that, the Hammers are said to be working to tie Ashby down to a new contract, with his current deal set to expire at the end of this season.

It is thought that West Ham had been willing to let the defender move, after talks over a contract stalled, but was then blocked from making the move after an injury to Ben Johnson.

For their part, it is suggested that Newcastle may not revisit their interest in Ashby, due to the fact they were targeting him as injury cover for Emil Krafth.

The suggestion of Leeds moving for another right-back does seem like something of a surprising one.

With Luke Ayling, Rasmus Kristensen and Cody Drameh all currently on the books at Elland Road, the club are rather well stocked at right-back as it is.

Taking that into consideration, you do wonder whether this is a deal they need to prioritise targeting heading into the next window, given the concerns in other areas of the pitch.

Even so, Ashby does posses plenty of promise, so he could still be a useful option for them to have, if they were to complete a deal for him.

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UCLan Sports Journalism graduate. Have been working for Leeds All Over since summer 2020, and can only be found writing on Football League World.