Victor Orta is after another U23 gem as Leeds United are monitoring the progress of Manchester City youngster Taylor Harwood-Bellis.

The centre-back first interested the Whites last summer, with Phil Hay reporting the 19-year-old was considered as an alternative to Ben White.

Along with Leeds, Brighton and Brentford have also taken a liking according to the  Manchester Evening News, while there are also clubs in Germany monitoring his progress.

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The youngster is currently on loan at Blackburn Rovers but has eight City appearances under his belt, and Pep Guardiola is a fan, describing him as an “exceptional human being with a good mentality”.

Harwood-Bellis is clearly highly-rated, therefore, so Leeds beating other parties to his signature would be quite a coup.

Luring him away from the Etihad could also prove a difficult task but Orta has sustained his interest for a number of months now.

To show the right mindset in Guardiola’s eyes is a big challenge, especially for such a young player.

And if he meets the Spaniard’s standards he should be well-liked by Marcelo Bielsa, as both managers demand a lot from their players.

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We are not getting too carried away at the moment, though.

The interest does not seem to be very concrete despite also being linked last summer, and Harwood-Bellis has some way to go to jump above our current defenders in the pecking order.

In the Championship this season Harwood-Bellis has 0.6 tackles and 1.4 interceptions per game, per WhoScored.

He is some way off another young defender in Ben White, by comparison, who managed 1.6 tackles and 2.5 interceptions per 90 minutes while helping us to promotion last year [WhoScored].

Harwood-Bellis would also need to improve his ability on the ball as he has managed 79% pass accuracy.

There is nothing to suggest he could not develop into a good player with us, particularly as he will surely benefit from Bielsa’s guidance.

If he does arrive soon he could have to bide his time due to the five senior centre-backs currently in the first-team.

That could mean he joins up with the U23s to add to the ever-growing pool of talent we have there.

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has provided a major Mateusz Klich update.


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