Leeds United and Cardiff City are set to battle it out for the signature of Leicester City defender Yohan Benalouane in the summer.

The 31-year-old has been on loan at Nottingham Forest since January, after earning limited playing time at Leicester over the last few seasons. 

Yohan Benalouane

The centre-back has impressed during this spell, enabling Forest to mount a push for a play-off spot, currently sitting only three points behind sixth placed Aston Villa. 

The ​Birmingham Mail reports that ​Leeds boss Bielsa is willing to fight off interest from Cardiff City in order to acquire Benalouane, who will be a free agent this summer. 

The Tunisian international has featured ten times for Forest this season and managed to score the winner in the recent east Midlands derby against ​Derby County.

Yohan Ben Alouane,Yannick Carrasco

Previously plying his trade in Serie A and Ligue 1, Benalouane is regarded as an experienced defender who is seen as a potential asset by both Bielsa and Cardiff's Neil Warnock. 

A league switch could be on the cards if Leeds secure promotion to the Premier League and ​Cardiff fail in their attempts to fight off relegation. This would prove decisive in Benalouane's decision on his future, should reported interest from both parties develop into negotiations this summer.