By Craig Scott

13th Dec, 2022 | 4:10pm

Leeds United set to sign new Jude Bellingham as they close in on George Hall transfer

Leeds United look set to sign their very own version of Jude Bellingham by raiding Birmingham City for young midfielder George Hall.

TeamTalk reported on 13 December that Leeds “are closing in on the signing” of the 18-year-old central midfielder with Mateusz Klich and Adam Forshaw potentially leaving Elland Road in the not-too-distant future.

Hall is said to be a long-term target of Leeds’ and the failed takeover at Birmingham has meant the Yorkshire club can take advantage to strike a deal this January.

Hall has played 18 times for Birmingham in the Championship this season.

He scored his first senior goal in a 1-1 draw against Watford on 16 August and then grabbed his first assist in senior football against Burnley on 19 October.

The England Under-19 international has only started five league games for Blues but it’s clear that he’s getting more and more minutes and is continuing to assert his authority in John Eustace’s midfield.

Birmingham have a knack for producing good young talents.

In recent years, Blues have overseen the development of Demarai Gray, Nathan Redmond and Jack Butland in recent years.

But none will probably ever reach superstar status quite the way Jude Bellingham has done.

Bellingham, 19, has just finished a World Cup campaign as England’s best player, two years after leaving St Andrew’s to join Borussia Dortmund.

In Germany, the Stourbridge-born teenager has become a star while he’s also captured the imagination of the whole of England with his wonderful performances in Qatar in recent weeks.

Hall might never reach the level Bellingham is at. But he’s certainly shown a lot of similarities to the Dortmund ace.

Firstly, they’ve both risen through the ranks at Birmingham City.

They’re also both Worcestershire lads with Bellingham born in the historical Worcestershire town of Stourbridge and Hall being born in nearby Redditch, just south of Birmingham.

Bellingham and Hall are also both central midfielders who love to have the ball at their feet to move it up the pitch, whether that’s by dribbling or passing.

Speaking in 2020, as quoted by LiveScore, former Blues academy manager Mike Dodds raved about Hall’s ability – and you’d be mistaken if you thought he was talking about Bellingham here.

“George has been at the club since pre-academy,” said Dodds.

“He was a very versatile player in the younger age groups before holding down a regular position in the centre of midfield in his Under-16s season. 

“Athletic and box-to-box, he has started to show good signs of progression both technically and tactically.”

Hall isn’t just a player who Leeds could sign to place in their Under-21s, he’s someone who can bridge the gap between Michael Skubala’s side and Jesse Marsch’s first team.

And if Klich and Forshaw both move on in January then it would make sense to replace them with younger, fresher legs who can have a real future at Elland Road.

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