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Leeds United have joined Arsenal and Newcastle United by expressing interest in Hoffenheim midfielder Florian Grillitsch.

The 26-year old is out of contract this summer and his representatives have sounded out a number of Premier League sides plus elite clubs in Germany and Spain.

With Kalvin Phillips being linked with a possible move to Manchester United in the summer – Grillitsch has been identified as a possible replacement for the England international. 

Leeds United are interested in signing Hoffenheim midfielder Florian Grillitsch (middle)

Leeds United are interested in signing Hoffenheim midfielder Florian Grillitsch (middle)

Leeds United are interested in signing Hoffenheim midfielder Florian Grillitsch (middle)

The 26-year-old can operate as a defensive midfielder or as a central defender

The 26-year-old can operate as a defensive midfielder or as a central defender

The 26-year-old can operate as a defensive midfielder or as a central defender

Newcastle discussed the Austria international in January and his pending free agent status also appeals to Premier League rivals Arsenal, West Ham and Everton.

Grillitsch operates in a similar defensive midfield position to Kalvin Phillips but significantly taller than his England counterpart which means he can also play as a centre-back. 

He’s made 18 Bundesliga appearances this year and has helped Hoffenheim push for a spot in Europe next season – a significant improvement from their 11th placed finish last season. 

The Austrian international has been a regular feature in Hoffenheim's team this season

The Austrian international has been a regular feature in Hoffenheim's team this season

The Austrian international has been a regular feature in Hoffenheim’s team this season

Leeds want someone to replace Kalvin Phillips who is expected to go in the summer despite expressing a wish to stay earlier in the year.

The England international has two years remaining on his contract at Elland Road but has been linked with a move to Manchester United amidst Erik ten Hag’s imminent managerial takeover. 

Leeds are also hoping to wrap up the signing of USA international Brenden Aaronson from Red Bull Salzburg.

Grillitsch could be a possible replacement for Kalvin Phillips - who may leave in the summer

Grillitsch could be a possible replacement for Kalvin Phillips - who may leave in the summer

Grillitsch could be a possible replacement for Kalvin Phillips – who may leave in the summer

Source: DailyMail Sports

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