Leeds United manager Brian McDermott has revealed that the club will not be re-signing left back Ian Harte.

Harte made 288 appearances when at the Elland Road club before he left to join Spanish club Levante in 2004.

The 35-year-old recently worked with McDermott at Reading before the manager was sacked in March. He soon took over at Leeds.

McDermott told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “Ian’s one of the most hungry players I’ve ever worked with. He was right in the thick of everything we achieved at Reading, a fantastic asset.

“But he won’t be coming to us this summer. We’re well covered with full-backs in that area so it won’t be happening. He’ll be a terrific player for someone, though.”

Harte has also had spells at Sunderland, Blackpool and Carlisle before joining McDermott at Reading in 2010.

The full-back was part of the Leeds team that got to the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2001, as he scored three goals in the European games.

Leeds currently have three available left backs as Stephen Warnock and Adam Drury both have 12 months remaining on contract while Aidan White is a third alternative.

McDermott also revealed that the Elland Road club have made four bids to bring in players this summer.


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