Leeds aim to gatecrash bid to sign young striker sensation earning rave reviews - report
Leeds United are aiming to gatecrash Rangers’ bid to sign Ross County teenager James Graham, according to the Daily Record.
The Scottish newspaper claims that Rangers have agreed a fee to sign the 16-year-old striker but are struggling to seal personal terms with the former Liverpool and Manchester United trialist.
It is understood that amid doubts over Rangers’ ability to seal the deal, Leeds and Wolves have emerged as interested parties with Graham earning rave reviews for his performances in Ross County’s youth sides this season.
Graham spent two weeks on trial at Liverpool in October [Scottish Sun] and managed to impress by scoring three goals for the Reds’ Under-16s.
Although he did not end up signing for Liverpool, Man United also took a look at the Scottish teenager in February.
It remains to be seen whether or not Leeds can blow Rangers out of the water to sign Graham but you would think that the Whites have a good chance of doing so given how much faith Marcelo Bielsa has put in young players in the last two seasons.
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Leeds have also dipped their toes into the Scottish transfer market by signing Stuart McKinstry for their Under-23s last season and, as reported by Phil Hay, the former Motherwell attacker is the one to watch at Thorp Arch.
If McKinstry can get a game or two once the Championship resumes then maybe that will turn Graham’s head the way of West Yorkshire.
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