By Mark Smith

23rd Dec, 2019 | 4:00pm

BBC pundit suggests Leeds could make loan-to-buy move for 'Excellent' 19y/o

Liverpool forward Rhian Brewster could find himself in the middle of a tug-of-war in January, with Leeds United and a number of others being linked with a move.

Football Insider have reported that Premier League side Aston Villa are with the Whites in having an interest in the 19-year-old.

The reputable football outlet has claimed that Huddersfield and Swansea are also battling for pole position to sign the forward.

Noel Whelan has recently suggested that Leeds could make a permanent move for Brewster should they complete a loan deal first this season.

“I can see why Leeds want Brewster – he’s young, hungry, quick, has an excellent scoring record for club and country at age-group levels and could develop quickly under Bielsa,” the BBC pundit told Football Insider.

“He could be an ideal replacement for Nketiah if he goes, but the problem is Leeds cannot guarantee him a starting role as Patrick Bamford is the number one striker and that isn’t going to change.

“He is always looking to the future and might be thinking Brewster may be available to buy next summer. Bielsa wouldn’t just take someone for the sake of it. Brewster is a young lad who can and will get better, so he could be a loan-to-buy deal.”

With Eddie Nketiah struggling for game time whilst on loan from Arsenal, other Premier League clubs could look from the outside and think twice about sanctioning a move to Elland Road.

If Leeds could secure Brewster should the Gunners recall their man, Whelan could be right that a loan with an option to buy could work well for both sides – if Liverpool are happy losing him on a permanent deal.

The Whites would need to earn promotion for that to be possible though, as Brewster surely wouldn’t want to leave the potential Premier League champions to try and secure a place in a Championship team. And even if he was, Leeds wouldn’t be able toafford him without promotion.

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