By Nick Ware

17th Aug, 2021 | 10:10am

Stockport County join race to sign Leeds United midfielder Robbie Gotts

Stockport County have joined the race to sign Leeds United midfielder Robbie Gotts, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post.

The Greater Manchester club are battling local rivals Oldham Athletic and Salford City for the 21-year-old’s signature.

Oldham have made an approach for the Harrogate-born talent, expressing tentative interest.

Scottish side Motherwell are also in the mix after longer-term interest but a deal has failed to progress thus far while Doncaster Rovers have opted for Manchester United’s Ethan Galbraith, ending their pursuit of Gotts.

Another loan is likely to be sanctioned for Gotts after he spent last season at Lincoln City and Salford, but a permanent exit is not ruled out.

Phased out?

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Gotts generally operated from right-back until Marcelo Bielsa opted to convert him into a central midfielder.

He made his debut under the Argentine in January 2020, starting a 1-0 FA Cup defeat to Arsenal.

The 21-year-old made a further two appearances that campaign but he spent last season out on loan in the EFL.

He struggled for game time at Lincoln City in League One before dropping down a level to League Two and playing 23 times in five months at Salford.

However, with the quality in the Under-23 ranks, Gotts looks to be surplus to requirements.

Cody Drameh is firmly entrenched as the right-back while Lewis Bate and Sean McGurk are new additions in the midfield.

A permanent exit might be best for all parties to prevent delaying the inevitable.

However, surely National League side Stockport are a bit beneath him at this stage of his career?

After regular minutes in League Two Gotts will surely look to at least maintain that level, and thus Oldham or Salford could represent attractive options.

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