Leeds play waiting game over Ward

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championship: Leeds United expect to discover next week whether Joel Ward will become the second Portsmouth player of the summer to move to Elland Road.

The right-back is understood to be high on manager Neil Warnock’s wishlist as he looks to rebuild following a disappointing 14th-place finish last season.

Leeds have already swooped to sign Pompey player of the year Jason Pearce but Warnock is keen to add at least another couple of new faces before the end of the month and talks have taken place over the past 48 hours with Ward’s agent.

The United chief, however, faces competition from Burnley, Ipswich Town and Crystal Palace for the 22-year-old.

Portsmouth manager Michael Appleton has admitted that Ward was likely to be next to follow Pearce through the exit door at Fratton Park.

He said: “There could be five or six in the race for Joel. That can only be a good thing. I’d be very surprised if he’s not the next one to move on.”