Manchester United have joined Leeds United in the race to sign young Hibernian striker Ethan Laidlaw, according to the Scottish Daily Mail.

Stephen McGowan wrote in the newspaper’s print edition [13 April, page 89] that Laidlaw, 16, has already had a trial with Leeds and is now set to undergo one with Man United before the end of the year.

It remains to be seen whether or not Leeds will make a move to sign Laidlaw after his trial at Thorp Arch but it is understood Hibs are in no rush to sell the “explosive” teenage talent, who only signed a professional deal with the Scottish Premiership club in February.

Battle of two rivals

If Leeds thought it would be easy to snare Laidlaw away from Hibs then they were clearly wrong as this exciting young talent is bound to attract attention from elsewhere.

Laidlaw was on the bench for Hibs on Sunday when they lost 2-1 to Rangers in the Scottish Premiership at Ibrox. Although he didn’t get any game-time, it says a lot about the youngster to have been in Jack Ross’ thoughts when he named his squad for such a big game north of the border.

He’s a boyhood Hibs fan, who the Scottish club has described as “an agile, quick and skilful attacking player”.

Victor Orta had done a lot of work on improving Leeds’ youth system during his time at Elland Road and there’s no denying that Laidlaw could be a good addition.

Leeds have already dipped their toes into the Scottish market when it comes to finding young talent with Stuart McKinstry snapped up from Motherwell in 2019.

He’s been pivotal for the Under-23s this season. Let’s see if Laidlaw can go down the same route.

In other Leeds United news, this Yorkshire-born pundit has tipped a former Leeds player to make a return to Elland Road.


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