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Ipswich Town are understood to be showing a keen interest in Leeds United attacking left-back Leif Davis.
The Newcastle-born player joined Leeds from Morecambe aged 18 and soon caught the attention of newly appointed manager Marcelo Bielsa.
For three campaigns, Davis was on the fringes of Leeds first-team. A knee injury and competition from Gjanni Alioski, Barry Douglas and Stuart Dallas limited him to six starts and eight sub appearances.
After making his Premier League debut in 2020, Davis spent last season on loan at Championship side Bournemouth.
He made 10 starts and five subs for the Cherries as they secured automatic promotion to the Premier League.
After Bournemouth’s 4-0 home win over Swansea last November, coach Scott Parker said of Davis: “I was happy for him. He had to wait for his opportunity. It was a bit of a stuttering start.
“What made me happy the most is that today he started slowly in that regard and then just grew into the game. He was really a beast and got an assist so I was happy for him.”
Davis, who found the in-form Jordan Zemura in the way, was out of a gameday squad after being substituted on March 12 against Derby County with a hip flexor problem. The Dorset club then decided not to accept his £1.5 with an option to buy.
The 22-year-old, who can also play at centre-back, is now in his final year at Elland Road.
Dorset Live reported back in May that “Davis is expected to move on in the summer but to a club a notch down from Bournemouth or Leeds”.
The left touchline was a problem position for Ipswich Town last season, where seven different players – Matt Penney, Dominic Thompson, Hayden Coulson, Bailey Clements, Myles Kenlock, Janoi Donacien and Cameron Burgess – were used there.
From the list above, only Penney remains as a left-back option at the club. Joined this summer by new signing Greg Leigh, the 27-year-old has been signed from Morecambe on a free transfer.
Meanwhile, the Blues remain interested in Leicester City striker George Hirst. The 23-year-old scored 15 goals on loan for League One club Portsmouth last season and Pompey was keen to bring him back. Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers is believed to want a look at the frontman in the preseason before deciding what his next move should be.