By Sam Stone

19th Jan, 2023 | 7:10am

Leeds United discuss permanent Charlie Cresswell sale, prominent Championship club wants to sign him

Leeds United are discussing whether they should sell Charlie Cresswell this month as Championship interest in the 20-year-old grows, according to Phil Hay.

The Athletic journalist had reported (10 January) the Whites were considering recalling Cresswell from his loan spell at Millwall, with a host of second-tier clubs registering interest in the England under-21 international.

Hay has since suggested the club are discussing a permanent exit for Cresswell, with there being at least one “prominent” Championship club after the centre-back.

“Leeds are discussing whether Cresswell might be sold in this window. At least one prominent Championship club want Cresswell permanently and the option is not off the table,” wrote Hay (The Athletic, 19 January).

Surprise

If Leeds do sanction a permanent exit for Cresswell it will certainly come as a surprise. He has always impressed at Elland Road and has been high-rated, with many tipping the youngster to be a future mainstay of the Whites’ first eleven.

It’s clear there’s potentially a significant bid about to arrive for the defender and considering Marsch’s current options, he may feel inclined to let him depart. Max Wober’s arrival in West Yorkshire could well have had a big impact on the potential decision to sell Cresswell.

The former RB Salzburg captain is set to be an important player for Leeds under Marsch and has provided the American with another solid defensive option.

Leeds have always been advocates for giving younger players a chance and it’s a shame things haven’t worked out for Cresswell as of yet. However, if he does seal his exit, it would not be a surprise to see the 20-year-old go on to be a success elsewhere and end up playing Premier League football in the future.

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