By Adefunmiloye Alani

31st Dec, 2021 | 6:40pm

Leeds United have checked on Fleetwood Town defender James Hill recently

Leeds United are part of a couple of Premier League clubs keen on Fleetwood Town defender James Hill, according to TEAMtalk.

The Elland Road outfit have checked on the England Under-21 international, 19, in recent weeks, but they face competition from the likes of Southampton, Liverpool, Tottenham, Chelsea, Barcelona, Burnley, Norwich, Newcastle, Sheffield United, Birmingham City and Stoke City for his signature.

The League One outfit are set to lose Hill, but they are demanding good money from suitors to let him go in January.

Fleetwood could see him move on for nothing in June as he will be out of contract in the summer.

Solid option for Leeds?

The Whites could do with options at the back given their constant injury problems in the position, and Hill could be a long-term solution.

England under-21 boss Lee Carsley recently dubbed the teenager “the model professional”, and the west Yorkshire giants could do with such a player.

He has featured in 14 games for his club so far in 2021-22 and played 28 league games last term, and Barca sent a scout to run the rule over him in a 1-0 loss at home to Burton Albion in mid-October.

The English sensation is one for the future without a doubt, and given that Leeds boast of some of the best youngsters in the land in their youth teams, that they are keen on Hill is not surprising.

Liam Cooper, 30, could soon leave the club, while Robin Koch and Diego Llorente have both constantly battled injuries.

The Fleetwood academy graduate can become a great asset for Leeds if snapped up, but whether they can pip fierce competition to his signature in the winter transfer window, or when he becomes a free agent in the summer, remains to be seen.

In other Leeds United news, Whites chiefs recently jetted out of the UK for talks.