German newspaper Bild have claimed that Leeds United and Queens Park Rangers have made initial enquiries over a move to sign free agent Patrick Erras – after his contract with Nuremburg ended on Monday.
Erras, 25, played 23 times last season as Nuremburg fought tooth and nail to avoid relegation to the third tier of German football. They stayed up, just, in 16th place out of 18 clubs – but Erras has decided to leave.
Now without a contract, Nuremburg are still working to re-sign him. But the chances are that he is set to join a new club, with Bundesliga side Werder Bremen very interested in the 6ft 5in holding midfielder.
Erras, who can also play as a centre-back and is renowned for his ability on the ball but his towering quality in the air, also has interest from other German clubs. But Leeds and QPR are also said to have made an initial approach.
TBR’s view – Erras would be an excellent signing
Certainly, he is ideal for Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds. Kalvin Phillips needs cover in holding midfield, with Ben White stepping in when the Leeds ace cannot play. White is on loan and it remains to be seen if he will sign permanently.
What Erras offers is a threat from set-pieces – something Leeds have struggled with this season – as well as cover in holding midfield and at centre-back. Available on a free and still only 25, it is a no-brainer to sign the big German.