By Sam Stone

29th Jul, 2022 | 6:10am

Leeds United teenager Leo Hjelde may be forced to look elsewhere if Philipp Max is signed

Leeds United have reportedly bid for PSV Eindhoven left-back Philipp Max, which could see teenager Leo Fuhr Hjelde leave Elland Road if he arrives this summer.

Tutto Mercato Web revealed on 27 July that Leeds have reportedly bid £6.7million for the German full-back.

Jesse Marsch has made no secret of his desire to land a new left-back before the Premier League season kicks off in a matter of weeks.

At present Junior Firpo and Hjelde represent his options to choose from, with the former out injured.

Firpo has proven to be a figure who divides opinion at Elland Road and will need some adequate competition for the upcoming campaign.

If Marsch does land another left-back then a loan move for the 18-year-old Fuhr Hjedlde does look like the most sensible option for the club.

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He has featured for the Whites under-23 side and also made three Premier League appearances in the 2021/22 season, but ultimately he is at an age where regular first-team football could be a real boost for his long-term development.

Under-23 football can be good to improve the technical side of a young player’s game, but it is extremely hard to replicate the physicality and competitive edge of first-team football.

The Norway under-21 international should certainly consider a move away instead of being third choice for Marsch.

It wouldn’t be a shock for the Elland Road faithful to potentially see a number of their younger players leave the club on loan in the coming weeks.

Lewis Bate is another name that could leave the club after Marsch’s midfield additions.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites have submitted a fresh bid to sign their first-choice target this summer as a Champions League club has pulled out of the deal.