By Mark Smith

24th Aug, 2021 | 7:10am

Leeds want to sign Thierry Small, compensation or tribunal possible - report

Leeds United want to sign defensive sensation Thierry Small this summer, according to The Athletic.

The young left-back cancelled his two-year scholarship at Everton on Monday, opening the door for his next move this summer.

Small made the decision with his representatives and not by mutual agreement, with the Whites joined by Aston Villa and Southampton in the hunt.

It is reported that Everton are due compensation from any club that manage to sign the 17-year-old defender.

Should no compensation manage to be agreed between all parties, the two clubs would then go to tribunal over a transfer fee.

Small became the youngest player to feature for Everton last season, coming off the bench in the FA Cup against Sheffield Wednesday.

Rafa Benitez appears unable to give him the first-team football he wants, and that has force his hand to look elsewhere.

Door open.

Left-back is the one area that has caused Leeds serious headaches for many years.

Junior Firpo has arrived and finally handed Marcelo Bielsa an out-and-out specialist in that position, but there is nothing behind him.

Even the under-23s are playing Liam McCarron, a winger, in that role as things stand in the Premier League 2.

Small may not be handed first-team football immediately at Elland Road, but he could surely see a clear pathway compared to that in Merseyside.

With our lack of defensive options, a consistent spot on the bench in our Premier League squad could also keep him pleased in West Yorkshire.

Time to make our move.

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