Leeds United failed in a bid to sign Jake Hastie in the summer after Rangers manager Steven Gerrard impressed the Motherwell product with plans for his development, according to Football Insider.
The Gers completed the signing of the 21-year-old in April, after agreeing to pay the Well a six-figure compensation fee, with Hastie putting pen to paper on a five-year contract at Ibrox.
United had presented the most serious competition to the Premiership runners-up in the race for the Scotland U21 international, as the Whites looked to complete a double-swoop north of the border.
A source from within Ibrox has allegedly told Football Insider that Hastie chose life in Glasgow over joining his now-former teammate in West Yorkshire, as Gerrard and his coaching team had put together a compelling sales pitch, which suggested he would be able to maximise his potential by playing under the former Liverpool captain.
The prospect of plying his trade in front of a sold-out audience at Scotland’s most successful side also played its part in Hastie’s decision, although he was tipped to leave the Gers on loan following his arrival before deciding to stay and fight for a role in the first-team.
Leeds’ failure to convince Hastie of the benefits of a move to Elland Road offers echoes of another one of the Championship side’s failed summer pursuits, having missed out on Inter Milan prospect Ryan Nolan over plans for his immediate future.
The 20-year-old centre-back was offered a three-year deal at Elland Road on the eve of Deadline Day, but decided against accepting the terms proposed as United intended to offload the Irishman to Kilmarnock on loan for the season (FC Inter News).
Inter’s Primavera captain is now in discussions over a permanent move to Italian third-tier side Arezzo (FC Inter News), but is holding out on signing the three-year contract at the Stadio Citta di Arezzo as he would prefer to join a Serie B side if possible.
Nolan moving to the Serie C would suggest Leeds were right in thinking he is not yet ready to compete in the Championship as Marcelo Bielsa looks to mount another promotion attempt, but – like Hastie – he would have been one for the future, not necessarily now.
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