Everton overtake Leeds United in race to sign George Hall from cash-strapped Birmingham City
Birmingham City midfielder George Hall wants to move to the Premier League in the January window amid strong interest from Leeds United, according to Alan Nixon.
The Sun journalist wrote on his Patreon (18 December) that Everton have moved ahead of Leeds in the race to sign the exciting young England Under-19 star.
The young central midfielder could be sold in the window while the player himself is “keen to step up the ladder”.
He is not getting enough game time lately and Birmingham could look to sell him if they receive a “sensible fee”.
Along with Everton, Premier League giants Liverpool are keeping an eye on developments as they want to revamp their midfield.
“Everton are moving ahead of Leeds United in the chase for Birmingham City midfielder George Hall,” wrote Nixon.
“The England youth cap could be sold in the window to bring some money in for Blues and the Toffees are poised to make their move.
“Hall is keen to step up the ladder and Birmingham have not been giving him much game time lately, so a sensible fee would work for all parties.
“Liverpool have also been keeping an eye on developments as they revamp their midfield down the line.”
TEAMtalk wrote on 13 December that the Whites are on the verge of securing the signature of the youngster.
However, Birmingham Mail reported (13 December) that although the Whites have been in touch about Hall, the Championship club are not keen to sell him at the moment.
The young midfielder has got 18 months on his present deal, and there could be temptations from Birmingham to sell him at a decent price.
Hall is an exceptionally talented player, and it doesn’t come as a surprise that clubs like Everton and Liverpool are heavily impressed with him.
He won’t be making regular appearances for the first team under Jesse Marsch (if signed), but it would be wise to secure his signature ahead of other rivals.
Moreover, with Mateusz Klich likely to be on his way out of Elland Road, the club could feel the need for a new long-term replacement.
He can definitely improve under Marsch at Elland Road, and it remains to be seen what the future holds for him next month.
In other Leeds United news, the Whites look set to sign the new Jude Bellingham to replace Mateusz Klich.