Leeds United will need to move quickly if they wish to sign defender Timo Hübers from FC Cologne this summer.

That’s according to, who report that a release clause in his current contract is set to expire on June 8th.

They explain that Cologne are facing the prospect of several departures this summer after relegation this season.

They’re intending to keep the squad together as much as possible, but the reality is that several could leave and Timo Hübers could be at the top of that list.

He’s already been linked with a move away and Leeds have been named as suitors on more than one occasion, with a report at the beginning of last month insisting they were in the picture and that backed up not long afterwards.

The latter report indicated that he wouldn’t cost more than €6m and Transfermarkt confirm that’s the case, but only if they move quickly.

According to their information, how much Hübers will cost depends on what league his buyers come from, with the release clause in his deal changing based on that. It is currently valued at €3-4m either way.

A decision needs to be made quickly, though, as the clause is only anchored into his deal until June 8th. Then the transfer fee would have to be negotiated with Cologne.

Whether Leeds will move remains to be seen and perhaps they’re waiting to see how they get on in the Championship play-off final on May 26th before planning for next season.

Even if things don’t go well on that front, they still have time to make a decision on Hübers, but they’d be wise to not leave it too late if they are keen.