Leeds United have beaten a host of major clubs to the signing of young Linfield striker Charlie Allen, according to the Belfast Telegraph.
The Northern Irish newspaper claims that Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham and Rangers have all shown an interest in the 16-year-old, who has made three league appearances for the Linfield first-team this season.
It is understood that Allen’s transfer to Elland Road will be finalised within the coming months due to coronavirus bringing the world of football to a halt.
However, the Yorkshire giants have still been able to get to a point where they are close to completing the deal after winning the race for his signature.
Allen made his senior debut for Linfield last season when he was only 15-years-old and journalist Steven Beacom claims that the teenage forward has “never looked out of place” in David Healy’s side.
It bodes well for Leeds, who have been very active in recruiting young players in recent years.
Since Victor Orta’s arrival as director of football at Leeds in 2017, the Whites have pushed on with signing young talent from across the UK and Europe in order to pad out their Under-18s and Under-23s squads.
Not many of Orta’s imports have made the cut in Marcelo Bielsa’s first-team but the fact that Allen has been coveted by some of England’s top clubs and his age, suggests that he is one for Leeds supporters to certainly keep their eye on once his move to Yorkshire is made official.
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