By Craig Scott

14th Sep, 2020 | 10:19am

Leeds set sights on Portuguese forward deemed as huge prospect in major nation - report

Leeds United are one of a number of clubs who are keeping close tabs on Fluminense forward Marcos Paulo, according to TeamTalk.

The football news website claims that Arsenal, Watford and Southampton are also interested in the 19-year-old but, as it stands, West Ham are winning the race for his signature.

It is understood that Paulo, who plays for Portugal’s Under-19s, is deemed a “huge prospect in the Brazilian game” and also has a huge £40million release clause in his contract at Fluminense.

West Ham are said to have made an approach for Paulo and have held talks with the young forward’s representatives as they work on a deal to take him to the London Stadium.

Leeds, on the other hand, have already strengthened their attacking options in the current transfer window by splashing a club-record fee on Spain striker Rodrigo while also adding plenty of depth to their Under-23s squad.

Paulo is a first-team player at Fluminense, appearing 48 times in all competitions since breaking into the Brazilian club’s senior squad in January 2019 and scoring eight goals in the process.

It remains to be seen what sort of fee Fluminense would settle for with Paulo because they are protected by the teenager’s massive £40million release clause, which he’s had in his contract since the age of 17.

But Leeds do not seem to be overly keen on the player just yet with their reported interest not being anywhere near that of West Ham’s.

Victor Orta has done a lot of work in this transfer window and we doubt he’s going to want to spend mega-bucks on a young Brazilian player to add to an area of the squad that is pretty much sorted out already.

Paulo plays as both a striker and a winger with him primarily featuring on the left-hand side of the attack for Fluminense in the current 2020 Brazilian season.

Bielsa has Jack Harrison, Ezgjan Alioski and Stuart Dallas all capable of playing there while some of the right-sided attackers can also fill in.

In other Leeds United news, Hay’s claimed that the Whites should sign this player in a matter of days.