By Nick Ware

11th Oct, 2021 | 7:30pm

Paul Robinson reacts as Leeds United reportedly on brink of Mateo Joseph signing

We’re delighted to welcome former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson as our exclusive columnist as each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Leeds United.

Paul Robinson has delivered his reaction to reports that Leeds United are closing in on the signing of 17-year-old Espanyol forward Mateo Joseph.

Various news outlets and journalists reported developments in the Whites’ pursuit of the Spanish teenager last week.

Radio Futbol journalist Diego Balbontin reported via his personal Twitter account [05/10/21] that Leeds and Joseph had agreed personal terms with the Whites offering £425,000, while the Daily Mail [08/10/21] claimed that the West Yorkshire club were confident of securing a cut-price January deal.

Manchester City were said to be leading the race for the English-born sensation back in May, but Leeds appear to be clear frontrunners now [The Sun].

Former Leeds goalkeeper Robinson, who now works as a pundit for Sky Sports, believes these types of deals will become even more common for Leeds as they battle other Premier League clubs for young talent in Europe.

“You obviously want the players to be homegrown and developed from the academy,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News.

“That’s what it’s there for but the scouting network is such now that clubs are doing that and bringing people in from all over the world trying to get the best young players, we’ve seen Leeds do that a few times.

“I don’t suspect that will change but there’s a lot of competition for these young players’ signatures because there’s 20 Premier League clubs who all have similar scouting networks and all have the same type of database.

“Leeds are in that competition with a lot of other clubs.”

In other Leeds United news, the Whites are set to splash out on transfer fees in ‘the coming months’ after this major development.