Leeds United have joined Aston Villa in the race to sign former Chelsea defender Gary Cahill.

According to Football Insider, cited by the Daily Star, the Whites are keen on replacing Pontus Jansson with the former England international and have been offered the player his intermediaries.

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The 33-year-old ended his seven-year association with the Blues earlier this month when his contract expired and has been linked with numerous English sides in recent weeks.

One of which are Villa, who reportedly held initial talks with the player ahead of a possible Villa Park return.

However, a deal still has plenty of work to be done, with Cahill keen on joining a side who can guarantee him regular game time.

The experienced defender, who is approaching the latter stages of his career, turned out just eight times under Maurizio Sarri at Stamford Bridge last season.

It remains unclear as to how concrete Leeds’ interest is, and with a high salary, Villa may still well have the edge over the Championship side to land the defender’s services.

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