Leeds United are reportedly considering a raid on EFL Championship outfit Birmingham City for the signing of promising teenager George Hall.
According to a report from Football Insider, Leeds United are lining up a move for 17-year-old Birmingham City prospect George Hall after registering their interest in the young midfielder.
Hall has been with the Birmingham City academy since the age of seven and has progressed steadily through the youth ranks. The teenager has made six appearances for the Blues’ Under-18 side, scoring and assisting one goal apiece, while he has also featured three times for the club’s Under-23 outfit, scoring one goal in the process.
Hall is rated very highly within the club’s ranks. The 17-year-old made his debut for the England Under-18 national team earlier this month against the Netherlands and made a solid impression. He also started in the 2-0 win over Portugal this past Monday, playing for 80 minutes before making way for Lewis Hall.
The 17-year-old’s promise potential has caught the eye of the scouts of clubs from the Premier League, with Leeds United emerging as one of the suitors for Hall. The Whites have been building a strong youth setup under the stewardship of director Victor Orta.
Indeed, Leeds have made some impressive signings on the youth front in recent seasons, with the likes of Pascal Struijk, Sam Greenwood, Joe Gelhardt, Cody Drameh showing a lot of potential.
Leeds went out and brought in several promising prospects this past summer, clinching the signing of Lewis Bate from Chelsea while also recruiting Leo Hjelde from Celtic and Sean McGurk from Wigan Athletic.
Having raided Birmingham City for Amari Miller in the summer, they now plan to do so for Hall as well. Alerted by the interest in the 17-year-old midfielder, the Championship outfit are set to offer him his professional contract to stave off Leeds United.
However, considering the setup in place at the Yorkshire-based outfit and the reputation of Marcelo Bielsa, who is known to get the best out of youngsters with potential, Hall might find it difficult to turn Leeds United down, should they come in with a formal approach.