By Nick Ware

17th Sep, 2021 | 11:10am

Leeds United made summer approach to sign teenage star Bobby Clark

According to The Athletic, Leeds United made a summer approach to sign 16-year-old Bobby Clark before he joined Liverpool.

The attacking midfielder, son of ex-Newcastle United star Lee Clark, spent seven years with the Magpies, his boyhood club.

However, he made the decision to depart Tyneside in the summer, much to Steve Bruce’s frustration, leading to a Premier League scramble for his signature.

According to The Athletic’s Caoimhe O’Neill, Leeds, alongside Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City, showed an interest in Clark.

However, Liverpool’s infrastructure and stature are said to have lured the teenager to the red part of Merseyside.

Whites always hovering

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Under Andrea Radrizzani, Leeds have big plans for the future, and investing in some of the best young talents in England has been one of the priorities.

That was evident in the summer of 2020 as the likes of Joe Gelhardt [Wigan Athletic], Sam Greenwood [Arsenal] and Cody Drameh [Fulham] were all signed for the Under-23s side.

Mark Jackson’s side enjoyed tremendous success during the 2020/21 campaign, romping home to the Premier League 2 [Division 2] title.

After promotion into the top-tier, Lewis Bate [Chelsea], Sean McGurk [Wigan] and Amari Miller [Birmingham City] all arrived at Thorp Arch, as well as Norwegian pair Kristoffer Klaesson [Valerenga] and Leo Fuhr Hjelde [Celtic].

The aim is clear – Leeds should always be in the running for the best young players.

How that translates to the first team, though, remains to be seen.

Calls for Crysencio Summerville and Gelhardt to be introduced into the first-team fold, and play regular minutes, have so far fallen on deaf ears as Marcelo Bielsa opts to place faith in his senior players.

In other Leeds United news, Simon Jordan & Jim White clash over major Whites player controversy.