Leeds have reportedly accepted a ‘substantial’ bid from Newcastle for their England defender Jonathan Woodgate.

According to report on BBC Radio Newcastle, Leeds have accepted abid, believed to be in the region of £10 million for the 23-year-old defender.

Leeds United PLC’s board has been discussing the bid and have already described it as “substantial”.

If the deal went through, there are fears that Leeds could lose manager Terry Venable, who said last week he would be “very upset” if the centre-back were to be sold.

After Newcastle’s win at Tottenham last night, Mapies boss Bobby Robson admitted that a formal bid for Woodgate had been submitted.

“We want him, so we have gone to Leeds with an offer they have to thinkabout. We have made an offer which will make them think,” Robson confirmed.

“We are one of the few clubs who have money, and the club who has the money has the power – whether or not they can turn it down, I don’t know,” Robson said.

“I want Woodgate to strengthen our defence. We hope to be back in Europe next season and we need people of quality who can come in and keep the results going.”