Leeds United target Sonny Perkins is under contract at West Ham United for a year longer than previously thought.
That’s according to Irons insiders Claret & Hugh.
Transfer journalist Fabrizio Romano reported on Thursday afternoon that Leeds had ‘opened talks’ to sign Perkins from West Ham.
Perkins is an 18-year-old centre-forward who’s also made 16 appearances on the left flank in his fledgling career.
It was thought that Perkins’ deal was up in a matter of weeks, potentially enabling his suitors to line him up on a free transfer. But now Leeds are forced to negotiate with West Ham to get a deal done.
A ‘key source inside the London Stadium’ told C&H that Perkins is ‘with us for another year’.
West Ham are hopeful of extending his contract, but they’re encountering problems with the player’s representative.
The source explained that ‘the agent wants silly money to extend his contract’, so perhaps Leeds could still look to capitalise on the situation.
If negotiations between the two parties break down because West Ham refuse to meet the demands, then it would be worth making an offer.
Perkins is an exciting prospect, scoring nine goals in 31 appearances at Under-18 level before adding ten more in 22 games for the Under-23s (via Transfermarkt).
He’s also earned international recognition, with seven caps and two goals to his name for England U18s.
David Moyes has been so impressed that he handed him Europa League group-stage minutes against Rapid Vienna and Dinamo Zagreb.
The noises from the academy circles, according to ExWHUemployee, are that he could be ‘the next Declan Rice‘ in terms of his potential to break into the first-team and become a star.
Together with Joe Gelhardt, he could be part of the next generation of young attackers at Elland Road.
In other news, Leeds have made contact with a former Chelsea ace.
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