By Ryan Darby

10th Jan, 2021 | 7:10pm

Leeds in hunt to sign Middlesbrough midfielder - report

Leeds United are reportedly one of four clubs interested in signing Middlesbrough midfielder and England youth international Marcus Tavernier.

According to a report from TEAMtalk, Everton, Leicester and Wolves have all made their interest in the player known.

The report adds that Marcelo Bielsa’s side are also keeping a watchful eye, as the player continues to impress in the Championship.

Tavernier is the younger brother of Rangers captain James Tavernier and like his sibling, his form is not going unnoticed.

Any deal to sign the versatile midfielder is unlikely to be cheap, having just signed a contract extension recently, his current deal at the Riverside runs until 2023.

One of the Championship’s best talents

Tavernier is highly rated in the Championship and is widely viewed as one of the most exciting players in the division.

His ability and potential means that it comes as no surprise to see teams lining up to snatch him from Middlesbrough.

The 21-year-old’s versatility could make him a very dangerous weapon for Leeds, should he make the move to Elland Road.

As per Transfermarkt, this season alone, he has played as an attacking midfielder, on the right and left flank, as well as in more central midfield positions.

According to Wyscout, Tavernier is ranked inside the top 10 throughout the entire Championship for the total number of smart passes played this season.

He has become a key figure for Neil Warnock as Boro push for a place in the Premier League next season. As per WhoScored’s average match ratings, he is ranked inside the club’s top five performers in the Championship this season.

Be it with Middlesbrough or another club, Tavernier looks like a player who will be playing Premier League football next season.

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