By Craig Scott

24th Dec, 2019 | 8:30pm

MOT View: Player reportedly on Leeds radar in 2019 rejects new contract - one to watch in Jan?

Leeds United may well be back in the hunt to sign Dundee United attacker Scott Banks in January after it was confirmed he’s rejected a new contract at Tannadice.

The Daily Record reported in the most recent summer transfer window that Leeds had sent scouts to watch the 18-year-old attacking midfielder, who has also attracted attention from Southampton, Crystal Palace and Manchester City.

However none of those clubs ended up signing Banks as he stayed put at Dundee United and go on to make his first senior appearances for them.

Although he was not sold in the summer, there is now a good chance that a move is on the cards for Banks in the New Year.

Dundee United manager Robbie Neilson has confirmed that Banks has rejected the chance to sign a new contract at the Scottish Championship club and that he is now open to pre-contract approaches in January.

“We offered him a good contract but he didn’t take it,” said Neilson on Banks, as quoted by the Courier.

“So he will be able to sign for somebody on a pre-contract in January.

“We will just wait and see what comes of that.

“It is just the way football is nowadays. We are disappointed but I’m sure the kid will move on.”

Is Banks someone who Leeds fans need to keep their eyes on in January?

Leeds’ director of football Victor Orta has shown a great willingness to strengthen the club’s options at youth level by snapping up talent from outside of England.

In the summer, the Whites also dipped their toes into the Scottish market when they signed Stuart McKinstry from Motherwell.

The Scottish Sun also reported earlier this month that the Yorkshire club has plotted a swoop to sign 15-year-old Hutchison Vale winger Bruno Davidson.

Leeds are no strangers to scooping up talent from elsewhere and Scotland appears to be a nation where Orta has sent his scouts on a regular basis.

Maybe Banks is someone who the Whites have kept tabs on since the summer in the hope that he would be available in 2020?

If that is the case, it would not be a shock to see the Championship giants reignite their interest as soon as the clock strikes midnight on January 1.

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has shared an update on Adam Forshaw’s recovery.