Newspaper reports today have confirmed that Portsmouth’s Joel Ward is on the verge of signing for Leeds United within the coming weeks. Ward who is also a target for Ipswich Town but looks likely to follow his team mate and close friend Jason Pearce to Elland Road.
The 22 year old has followed a similar career path to Pearce, spending valuable playing time on loan at Bournemouth. Portsmouth manager Michael Appleton recently said about Ward and Pearce:
Ward has become a versatile footballer over the past couple of seasons and can play centre back, defensive midfield, right back and has featured the left side of midfield for most of this season at Fratton Park. With the club recently placing current Leeds United right back Paul Connelly on the transfer list, Ward could be brought in to cement that place his own.
With Portsmouth’s current financial situation the Whites could once again be getting another promising player on the cheap with a fee of £250,000 been reported to bring him to Elland Road.
Reporter Matthew Mckeith
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