By Craig Scott

10th Feb, 2020 | 9:00pm

Leeds in pursuit of young forward who supports rivals, may be available cheap in summer - report

Leeds United are hot on the heels of Birmingham City youngster Adan George after sending a scout to watch him play last week, according to Football Insider.

The news outlet claims that a number of clubs are keeping their eyes on George, 17, with him set to become available in the summer when his contract at St Andrew’s expires.

It is understood that the young striker could be snapped up for a minimal compensation fee and Leeds may be willing to take advantage of that after watching him play for Birmingham Under-18s in their 4-0 defeat to Wigan Athletic last week.

Although George has mainly played for Blues’ Under-18s at this stage of his career, he is set to play a more prominent role in the Under-23s in the second half of this season.

Leeds director of football Victor Orta is always on the lookout for good young players who might be available on the cheap and George is someone he seems to have taken an interest in.

The 17-year-old, who turns 18 in July, was born in Birmingham but supports Leeds’ bitter rivals Manchester United and idolises Tottenham star Harry Kane, according to Blues’ official website.

He is supposedly a strong and pacey striker but understands he needs to improve on his dribbling and composure in front of goal.

George’s performances suggest that finding the back of the net is not a massive issue for him though with him netting hat-tricks against Crystal Palace and Sunderland youth sides this season while he also got himself a brace against Wigan.

It remains to be seen whether Leeds will be able to complete a summer move for George but Birmingham have a very good academy set-up with players like Nathan Redmond, Demarai Gray, Jack Butland, Joe Lolley and Jude Bellingham all making the grade there in recent years.

Could George’s name be the next added to that list if he continues his goalscoring form as he rises through the ranks?

Leeds will certainly hope so – if they can sign him.

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