Leeds United are aiming to sign AFC Wimbledon youngster Quaine Bartley but face competition from Arsenal and Chelsea, according to TeamTalk.
The football news website claims that Bartley, 16, is being tipped to make his first-team debut for the League One, who “believe they have a ‘gem’ on their hands”.
It is understood that the young attacker is already training with the Wimbledon first-team and although there is Premier League interest in him, he is happy to stay put in South West London and continue his development at Plough Lane.
Leeds have not been shy in adding youngsters from other clubs to bolster their own youth ranks and Bartley would be an interesting addition if he does make the move to West Yorkshire.
While information is limited on the former Tottenham player, TeamTealk reports that he’s able to play as a number nine while transfermarkt says that he’s a midfielder.
TeamTalk adds that Bartley “possess excellent feet and close control” and is “far from a one-dimensional player”.
Marcelo Bielsa will like that as the Leeds United manager is very keen on players who are versatile and able to play in multiple positions.
If the Whites do sign Bartley any time soon, it’s unlikely he’ll be anywhere near Bielsa’s first-team plans but as one for the future, he could be someone keeping an eye on as a Leeds fan.
But, the report doesn’t sound too promising.
Firstly, Bartley sounds as though he would rather stay at Plough Lane and push for a spot in AFC Wimbledon’s first-team while as a former Spurs youngster, there’s a chance he would rather stay in London with Arsenal and Chelsea also keen on him.
Leeds are probably going to be the outsiders if it comes to a bidding war for Bartley.
But that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t try.
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