By Craig Scott

25th Jul, 2020 | 12:10pm

Leeds in hunt to sign teen sensation who's rejected new deal at top-four PL club - report

Leeds United are keeping tabs on young striker Charlie McNeill after he rejected a professional deal at Manchester City, according to the Daily Mail.

The newspaper claims that Manchester United are locked in negotiations to sign the 16-year-old goal machine, who has 600 academy goals in his career, but cannot reach a compensation agreement with Man City.

It is understood that McNeill will cost a seven-figure fee plus Man City and want to include a “number of additional performance-related clauses”, which is pulling the brakes on talks with United.

Meanwhile, the Mail claims that Leeds and Wolves could be alerted to any breakdown in discussions between the two Premier League giants as both are monitoring McNeill’s progress.

McNeill sure seems like a striker who clubs would want to sign.

His 600-goal record in academy football, before his 17th birthday, is staggering to say the least and it is no wonder Man City are trying to get as much money as possible for the England Under-16 international.

In another story about McNeill, the Mail has said that the youngster is able to strike the ball from distance like Paul Scholes or Steven Gerrard while he also shows the same predatory instinct in the box as England captain Harry Kane.

Leeds have a wealth of good, up-and-coming young players but it would not harm them to add another to their ranks.

Unfortunately, paying over £1million for a 16-year-old, with the chance of the deal being worth more in the future, might be too much for a newly-promoted team who have been quite frugal in their spending during Andrea Radrizzani’s time in the boardroom.

Victor Orta might want McNeill nonetheless but he is said to be a Man United fan and that could also scupper any hopes of striking an agreement.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites are in in-depth talks to sign this defender.