By Mark Smith

24th Jan, 2023 | 2:10pm

Leeds United are assessing whether they should sign Southampton sensation Jimmy-Jay Morgan in January, according to Sky Sports.

The 17-year-old England youth international has told the Saints that he is not interested in staying at the club and has rejected a first professional contract on the table.

Arsenal and Manchester City are also in the race for Morgan, who is widely considered as a promising prospect for the future at the Premier League club.

Writing on their live transfer blog [24 January, 12:52], Sky Sports shared the latest news with a late January move now on the cards at Elland Road.

“Southampton starlet Jimmy-Jay Morgan has told the club he wants to leave after rejecting their offer of a first professional contract,” they wrote.

“The academies at Manchester City, Arsenal and Leeds are all assessing whether to sign him after he indicated to the Saints that he is not interested in staying at Staplewood.

“The 17-year-old is an England youth international, regularly trains with the Saints first-team, and his ability earned him a place in the first-team squad several times this season.

“He is widely considered a promising prospect for the future and would be a blow to Southampton’s remit of developing the best young talent if he were to go elsewhere.”

Opportunity.

Victor Orta has always said that if something pops up, Leeds will be ready to act.

This could be one of those exact moments at Elland Road, although it won’t be easy to win the race looking at the calibre of competition on show.

Morgan has made up his mind by rejecting the contract and telling Southampton he wants to leave, now it is up to the rest of the clubs to pitch their moves.

With the first professional contract being turned down, Leeds could strike while the iron is hot and only have to pay compensation through a tribunal if a fee cannot be agreed.

Sonny Perkins arrived from West Ham in a similar vein over the summer, with the Whites always on the lookout for the brightest talents up and down the county.

What would be Southampton’s loss, would be Leeds’ gain, and it is time for them to put their foot on the gas and make their move early if they want to win the race.

In other Leeds United news, a journalist has shared if Leeds are set for a financial gain if Raphinha quits Barcelona in the January window amid links with Arsenal.