Leeds United are one of the clubs showing keen interest in signing Mark McKenzie in the January transfer window.
According to Voetbal Nieuws, the Whites are among clubs keen to land the 24-year-old centre-back. However, they are not alone in the race to sign him.
The report claims that Leeds face competition from Premier League rivals West Ham and Everton for the signature of the USA defender.
The centre-back has been regular from Genk where he made 23 appearances in all competitions this season. He is already an established international with 13 caps to his name.
McKenzie will soon enter the final year of his contract, and Genk will feel the need to sell him, although the club want him to stay and extend his deal.
Daniel Farke has four centre-backs at the moment, and the priority lies in signing one or two full-backs.
Luke Ayling has left the club to join Middlesbrough on loan, and he has already said goodbye as his contract expires at the end of the season. Djede Spence also returned to his parent club Tottenham.
Pascal Struijk and Joe Rodon have formed a formidable partnership at the back, while Liam Cooper still remains a key figure at the club. Charlie Cresswell has struggled for regular game time, and there is a possibility that he could be sold if the Whites get a good offer for him.
There are suggestions that Cooper could be sold in the summer transfer window as well. In such a scenario, Leeds would require a centre-back, and McKenzie could be considered.
However, it doesn’t look like signing a central defender is a priority at the moment. Leeds should reconsider their transfer strategy only after the end of the season when they will have a clear idea about where they belong.
Considering the fact that West Ham and Brighton are in the race, it looks difficult for Leeds to convince the defender to join them.
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