By Pranav Shahaney

17th Sep, 2022 | 9:40pm

Leeds United are reportedly in a four-way battle that includes Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City to sign Northern Ireland teenager Cole Brannigan.

According to the Sun, the Whites are keen on securing the services of the Under-16s international who’s currently plying his trade for Linfield.

It is understood that the teenager may be enticed by a move to Stamford Bridge given the fact that they’ve worked wonders in developing youngsters into quality professional players.

Faced Leeds juniors already

There’s a very good chance that the Whites took notice of the player when he squared off against them in a juniors game in July 2022. [Super Cup NI]

The teenager played on the right and by the looks of it, he gave the Leeds youngsters a hard time with his ability to carry the ball from defence to attack.

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He was also a menace from set pieces and that certainly would’ve impressed anybody keeping tabs on that game.

It will be hard to beat three billionaire-owned clubs to the services of Brannigan, but Leeds can offer the player the fastest route to senior football.

They can certainly show him examples of the number of players that broke into the first team last season because of injuries and lack of squad depth.

If he impresses for the Under-18s and eventually the Under-23s, there’s a good chance that he will be in contention to get promoted and train with the seniors.

As of now, there’s nothing more than an interest and it remains to be seen if an approach is made for the player.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites have reached an agreement to sign a left-back, according to his agent.