Leeds United are believed to be keen on signing George Stanger, according to a report by The Evening Times.
The Hamilton Academical centre-back is set to head out on loan, but the Whites are said to be interested in obtaining him on a permanent deal.
The Scottish Premiership outfit are understood to rate the New Zealand Under-23 international highly, despite the 19-year-old not believed to be a part of Brian Rice’s first-team plans, and are reluctant to let him go for good at this moment in time.
When taking a look at the centre-back options that Leeds have throughout the entire club, perhaps, it is hardly surprising to see that the Whites are keen on making a permanent move for the teenager.
Although it would be difficult to see him go straight into Marcelo Bielsa’s first-team at Elland Road – he has played in just under 20 matches in his career to date (including the international appearances for New Zealand’s Under-23 side), though the Argentine has proven in the past that he is favourable to give youth an opportunity if they are good enough.
But, as mentioned, squad depth in the centre-back position appears to be lacking severely and it would not be a surprise if Stanger were to spend time learning his trade in the developmental squad before being thrust into the spotlight.
Following the departures of Pontus Jansson, Paudie O’Connor and Aapo Halme, the Championship outfit have just Liam Cooper, Gaetano Berardi, Ben White (on loan from Brighton and Hove Albion) and Conor Shaughnessy available in the first-team.
Only Pascal Struijk is available as a natural centre-back in the club’s Under-23 ranks (Transfermarkt), meaning there could well be a need for additional players in that position.
Leeds appear as though they would have a battle on their hands to sign him on a permanent deal, as they would have to wait until January for any such possibility to be open to them because of the closure of the transfer window.
However, with Stanger believed to be set to leave Hamilton on loan imminently, it appears the earliest the Whites could potentially have him on their books is next summer, should the Yorkshire outfit continue to like what they see from the teenager.
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