By Saikat Mandal

15th Dec, 2022 | 9:10am

Birmingham stance on George Hall emerges amid claim Leeds United are set to sign midfield sensation

Birmingham City boss John Eustace has made it clear that keeping hold of Goerge Hall is a priority for the Championship club amid reported interest from Leeds United.

TEAMtalk reported on 13 December that the Whites are on the verge of securing the signature of the England Under-19 star who has been on Leeds’ radar for a long time.

Eustace has hailed Hall as one of the “top young players” in the league and said the club are “delighted” with his progress.

“We’re delighted with his progress,” Eustace told BBC Radio WM, as relayed by BBC Sport.

“He’s a top young player. But all I want to do is to keep on developing George in the right way, which I think we have done so far.

“For me, George Hall is one of the top young players in the league. He’s a very effective player whether he starts or we have him coming off the bench.

“He’s only just turned 18 – and he’s got an opportunity to showcase himself here. We don’t want George Hall going anywhere.”

Difficult

Hall is a terrific young talent and it makes sense that Birmingham are desperate to keep hold of the youngster. 

He has started five times in his 18 appearances this term, and it appears that the club won’t entertain any offer for Hall at the moment. 

Birmingham developed Jude Bellingham before he moved on to Borussia Dortmund for around £30m [BBC Sport], and they can do a similar transfer business with Hall in the future. At the moment, the youngster is in good hands at St Andrew’s.

That being said, Birmingham are probably aware that the youngster is being targeted by a host of Premier League clubs, and they should be braced for offers in January. 

Hall is an exciting talent and someone worth taking the punt on. He won’t be a regular starter at the moment, but he could grow into a quality midfielder in the next few years. 

With Mateusz Klich likely to be on his way out of Elland Road, Leeds may need a midfielder to fill his void. Hall ideally fits the bill, but it could take a massive effort to sign him. 

In other Leeds United news, the Whites are now scouting an attacker at the World Cup and a January move appears to be on the cards for them.