Leeds have hit the front ahead of Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona in the race to sign Lazio defender Luiz Felipe, according to a report.

The Whites are targeting new defenders as they gear up for their long-awaited return to the Premier League.

Brighton’s Ben White is the club’s top target following the 22-year-old’s fantastic loan spell last season. However, the Seagulls have insisted that they will not sell to a potential relegation rival next term.

Freiburg’s Robin Koch is also on Leeds’ shortlist. According to La Lazio Siamo Noi, though, Felipe has emerged as a strong alternative.

Barcelona and PSG previously showed strong interest but the source claims it is Leeds who are now firmly in the lead for his signature.

In fact, talks between the Whites and Lazio have “accelerated” in recent hours. Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani’s intermediary, Lorenzo Tonetti, has made contact with Lazio owner Igli Tare.