Liverpool appear to have stolen a march on Leeds United in the race to sign Motherwell teenager Sam Campbell, according to The Mirror.

The newspaper claimed via it’s live transfer blog on Thursday night [10:21pm] that Campbell, 16, is undergoing a trial at Liverpool ahead of potentially joining the Premier League champions on a permanent basis.

PA journalist Nick Mashiter reported earlier on Thursday that Leeds, Liverpool and Brighton have all had bids accepted by Motherwell for the young defender.

FourFourTwo has added that although the Scottish Premiership club has accepted three bids, they have made an effort to keep hold of Campbell by offering him a new three-year contract at Fir Park.

Clearly, Campbell would be interested in joining Liverpool, who will now take a closer look at the highly-rated youngster.

Motherwell have one of the strongest academies in Scottish football outside of the Old Firm and Campbell was playing for the Lanarkshire club’s Under-18s side when he was only 14.

He’s yet to make a first-team debut but Leeds are not afraid of going out and scooping up young talent from across the country and Europe in a bid to bolster their academy and Under-23s squad.

Stuart McKinstry was signed from Motherwell last year so Leeds have experienced in dealing with the Scottish club and the Whites youngster might be able to put in a good word to Campbell.

He’s headed to Liverpool for a trial – but that doesn’t mean he’s definitely going to sign them.

But we would be kidding ourselves if we said that it’s not worrying news for Leeds’ pursuit of him.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites have ended their pursuit of this Serie A player.

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