By Craig Scott

29th Jul, 2020 | 5:00pm

Rangers 24 hours away from beating Leeds to £250k teen who wowed Simon Grayson - report

Rangers have beaten Leeds United and Southampton in the race to sign young Blackpool talent Tony Weston, according to The Athletic.

The news outlet reports that the Light Blues are set to spend around £250,000 on the 16-year-old striker and the deal will be made official in the next 24 hours.

Leeds are said to have been watching Weston for several months after impressing at Blackpool but journalist Jordan Campbell says that “the pull of Steven Gerrard” helped steer him towards Ibrox instead of Elland Road.

Weston made his senior debut for Blackpool last year when he came off the bench for the final stages of an FA Cup win against non-league side Maidstone.

After that match, Blackpool manager Simon Grayson was singing the praises of the teenage striker.

The former Leeds manager said: “I’ve not stopped talking about him with my staff since watching him (in a reserve game) at Squires Gate about 10 days ago.

“He’s got so much enthusiasm. The lads were watching what he was doing, where his pure enthusiasm and love of being a professional footballer is at the front of his mind.

“He’s got 30-year-old lads behind him in the warm-up and I’ve never known a 16-year-old lead with stuff like that.”

Weston must be a very good young player to have caught the eyes of Rangers, Leeds and Southampton, who are all teams with good youth recruitment and strong academies.

It remains to be seen whether or not he will meet the potential that Leeds clearly saw in him to continue monitoring him for several months and for Rangers to spend quarter-of-a-million pounds on him.

At the age of 16, there is still a lot of time for Weston to improve and who knows? Maybe we will see him back in English football someday in the future if he develops into a good player at Ibrox.

Based on Grayson’s words, that’s something that is very likely.

Leeds won’t be too downhearted now though, Victor Orta’s priority is bound to be improving the senior squad ahead of a season back in the Premier League.

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