By Mark Smith

4th Aug, 2021 | 10:55am

Leeds made contact with Liverpool over Oakley Cannonier

Leeds United pushed hard to sign Liverpool sensation Oakley Cannonier this summer, according to The Athletic.

It was reported on Wednesday that the Whites made enquiries to the Reds, but ultimately missed out on a potential deal.

Cannonier is rated highly at Anfield, and was handed a long-term deal in Merseyside by academy manager Alex Inglethorpe.

The 17-year-old is now tied down for three years in Merseyside.

Cannonier has been a Liverpool fan for most of his life, despite starting in Yorkshire and relocating to Kirkby.

With strong Leeds links though, it must have given the Whites hopes they could have secured a past England under-16s captain.

The attacker has drawn strong comparisons to Phillipe Coutinho in the Liverpool set-up due to his small figure and nimble footwork.

Famous.

Cannonier is well-known around England, but for matters that were actually off the pitch for Liverpool.

The 17-year-old was actually the ball boy who handed the ball to Trent Alexander-Arnold in that famous win over Barcelona a couple of years ago.

Marcelo Bielsa is one of the best coaches to bring through young talents in the world, but as a boyhood Liverpool fan, there really was never a chance of this happening.

Leeds are reinforcing their academy yet again, and Lewis Bate arriving from Chelsea is the marquee signing so far, although it could have been Cannonier.

The young attacker is fit now after two serious injuries and surgery last season, but it may take him some time to bounce back to his peak level.

We missed out this time, but anything can happen in football and this may be one deal we look to revisit further down the line.

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