Italian journalist Rudy Galetti claims that Leeds United and Nottingham Forest have joined Southampton in the race to sign Lecce captain Morten Hjulmand – after reports earlier this week claimed the Saints had tabled a £9.6million bid.

Hjulmand, 23, has starred for Lecce. Joining the club in January 2021, Hjulmand helped Lecce gain promotion to the top tier in 2021-22. Then, this season, he has been a regular in a Lecce side who are doing well this season in Serie A.

They sit in a comfortable 14th place after 18 games, a huge 11 points above the relegation zone. But, the threat of the drop is still there is they drop off – and Lecce will not want to lose him. Gianluca Di Marzio says Southampton have bid.

Indeed, the Saints are active this month and have made a £9.6million bid for Hjulmand. But Galetti claims the Saints are not alone in their pursuit of the Denmark star. Leeds and Forest are also showing interest in the talismanic midfielder.

Galetti: Leeds and Forest join Southampton in race to sign Hjulmand

Leeds need a holding midfielder. Tyler Adams is without doubt, our first-choice midfielder. But the club need a partner for the USA skipper. Marc Roca has been first choice for the majority of 22-23 – but his form has been up and down.

Adam Forshaw’s injury issues continue. Darko Gyabi and Archie Gray are rookies and Sam Greenwood is better further forward. Leeds need a midfielder like Hjulmand and given his age, and form, a fee of less than £10million is a bargain.

Nottingham Forest are active, as are Leeds. But, Forest have just signed Danilo. Their need for a holding midfielder has lessened. Southampton could do with a Hjulmand, hence their offer. But Leeds do need a player like the Danish star.

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