Besic has been linked with a move away from Everton, as new Director of Football Marcel Brands has looked to trim the squad after allowing a number of players to leave during this summer’s transfer window, either through permanent moves or loans away from Goodison Park.
Leeds had been linked with a potential move for Besic earlier this summer, but it appeared that a permanent move for the Bosnia international had been made, only for it to fall apart at the last minute.
Middlesbrough is still, reportedly, attempting to land the midfielder on loan from Everton, as Pulis was a fan of the midfielder after he spent some time last year on loan at Boro, but there appears to be serious competition for his signature.
In addition to the reported competition from Leeds, Swansea City is also reportedly interested in landing the midfielder on loan. And while Boro reportedly balked at the terms of the permanent deal, Everton could be persuaded to part with him on a more comfortable deal.
Swansea and Boro would be able to offer higher wages and even possibly more playing time for Besic than Leeds, as Besic would face an uphill battle trying to unseat the current starting central midfielders of Matuesz Klich and Kalvin Phillips, however, given that Adam Forshaw is still expected to miss some time because of injury, there is still a good chance that Leeds could be in for some reinforcements in either the midfield or on the wing.
So will this deal get done? Besic is going to leave Goodison Park one way or another, either this window or the next, and while Leeds might need a midfielder, he will likely go to a team that is willing to pay his entire salary, something that Leeds really shouldn’t be in the position to do. Unless a deal can be made for him, reducing his salary to fit into the wage structure at a club that isn’t swimming in parachute cash, then perhaps it could get done, but it would be surprising.