Leeds United have made a bid for Celtic youngster Matthew Anderson, as relayed by the Yorkshire Evening Post.
The Lowdown: Leeds United build towards the 2021/22 campaign
With 2021/22 pre-season fast approaching, the race is on for Marcelo Bielsa to acquire the signings necessary to improve on the Whites’ commendable ninth placed finish last season.
Though tailor-made first-team signings will take precedence, bringing in youthful starlets with vast potential will of course to the club for the long-term.
And it looks like Leeds could be set to bring in a 17-year-old defender following recent reports.
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The Latest: Leeds United offer Anderson Parkhead escape route
Leeds United are said to have offered Anderson the chance to swap Lennoxtown for Thorp Arch this summer [Yorkshire Evening Post].
Currently, he is tutored by Celtic Under-18 coach Darren O’Dea, who plied his trade on loan at Elland Road in the 2011/12 campaign when the Yorkshiremen were in the English second-tier [BBC].
Leeds United director Victor Orta is set to be busy in the transfer market at a senior and developmental level, with several promising young talents being eyed by the Whites, including another Hoops defender in Leo Hjelde [Yorkshire Evening Post].
The Verdict: Promising
Though not much is known about the prodigy at base level, he is rumoured to be highly thought of in Scottish footballing circles.
Signed for Celtic from Blantyre Soccer Academy in January 2020, BSA chief Jimmy Whelan stated that Anderson is the ‘real deal’ and ‘could be like Kieran Tierney’ [Daily Record].
He has been capped by Scotland at Under-16 level, featuring in the famed Victory Shield trophy for his native country.
Promising by nature, Leeds United will look to initiate a deal for his services as soon as possible ahead of 2021/22.
In other news, Leeds United have been linked with a 17-goal free agent.
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