By Sam Stone

11th Oct, 2022 | 5:10pm

Fabrizio Romano: Leeds United send scouts to watch Rangers youngster Leon King

Leeds United have sent scouts to watch Rangers defender Leon King after his impressive start to the season according to Fabrizio Romano.

It’s understood that Leeds, Newcastle and Manchester United have all sent scouts to watch the 18-year-old with his contract at Rangers ending in 2024.

King has featured ten times for the Gers this season including an excellent performance against Liverpool at Anfield in the Light Blues’ 2-0 Champions League defeat. Romano has since revealed that interest is ramping up in the young defender.

“Leon King, speaking about talents and this boy playing for Rangers, born in 2004 and started at Anfield against Liverpool in the Champions League,” said The Guardian journalist [Here We Go Podcast, 13:08, 10 October].

“I am told that Premier League and European clubs are pushing to sign him because he is out of contract in 2024 with Rangers.

“At the moment the situation is absolutely open with his contract. Newcastle, Leeds and Manchester United have sent their scouts to follow this boy with Rangers. Leon King, one to watch.”

Beyond his years

King has shown maturity beyond his years this season and looks destined to be an excellent central defender in the future. With his contract nearing its conclusion this is a move that Leeds should seriously be considering. He has Champions League experience and is still only 18, which is a rarity.

Furthermore, the Whites do need to strengthen defensively and begin to look to the future when it comes to their central defenders. Liam Cooper is now 31 and didn’t look convincing at Crystal Palace, whilst Diego Llorente has had some difficult moments this season.

Charlie Cresswell has been prolific at Millwall but hasn’t been convincing defensively for the Lions so far. Therefore a move for King would be a sensible and long-term move by the Whites. With interest in the defender now beginning to heat up, it wouldn’t be a surprise if he turned down a new deal at Ibrox.

Ultimately the youngster will want to test himself in the Premier League at some point in his career, with Rangers’ only real tests coming in the Champions League and in the Old Firm fixtures against Celtic.

In other Leeds United news, a Sky Sports pundit has delivered Jesse Marsch’s “sack” verdict after what he heard this month.