Leeds United are keen to use the upcoming international break to their advantage by scouting Coventry City youngster Sam McCallum, according to Football Insider.
The versatile defender has been attracting widespread interest of late having broken into the first team at Coventry last season, with numerous Championship sides said to be closely monitoring his situation.
McCallum made his debut for Coventry in League One midway through the 2018/19 campaign, but only cemented his place in the starting line-up this term when manager Mark Robins called on the Canterbury-born left-back in five successive third-tier fixtures. (TransferMarkt)
The 19-year-old had started two in seven games over the festive period last season, but was soon frozen out of the senior squad until a recall was issued for a sole outing in April. (TransferMarkt)
His return to the senior fold in a new campaign has seen McCallum demonstrate his versatility despite his tender age, too, as Robins has trusted the former Herne Bay FC prospect to serve as a right-back as well as in his natural position on the left of defence. (TransferMarkt)
His emergence as a regular for Coventry in League One is claimed to have sparked West Bromwich Albion, Huddersfield Town and Nottingham Forest to take note of his potential, while Premier League side Aston Villa are closely monitoring his situation. (Football Insider)
Leeds are now understood to be planning increased scouting missions over the coming months to determine whether or not a move would be beneficial for the Whites, and will use the upcoming international break as a chance to begin. (Football Insider)
United are not in action while players represent their countries, but League One remains in business, with Coventry first travelling to Forest Green Rovers for a Football League Trophy encounter on Tuesday night before hosting Tranmere Rovers on Sunday lunchtime.
Leeds stepping up their efforts to scout McCallum amid the growing intrigue elsewhere serves as a suggestion that the Whites have liked what they have seen in the youngster so far, and a move to sign him could be in the offing soon if he continues to impress.
Coventry will be loath to lose the teenager easily, though, and signed him to a new contract in March, while Sky Blues boss Robins stated earlier this season that it would take a ‘monumental bid’ to tempt his club into selling (Coventry Telegraph).
McCallum may not be too keen on leaving Coventry this early into his career, either, as it could result in less playing time than what he currently is being offered, which may hinder his development rather than boost his career outlook.
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