By Harvey Byrne

Leeds have been dealt a blow as Premier League champions Leciester have joined them in the race to sign Walsall starlet Rico Henry, according to a report.

Midlands publication The Express and Star have claimed that the reigning champions are keen to strengthen their squad for next season and have scouted the £1.5m-rated 19-year-old.

The Yorkshire giants were believed to have opened talks with the young Walsall left-back amid concerns that current player of the year Charlie Taylor could leave.

However, the England Under-19 international has attracted a host of Premier League clubs which include West Ham, Liverpool and Arsenal so the Elland Road club will have to act swiftly if they want to secure Henry’s signature.

The youngster was nominated for the Football League Young Player of the Year last season, losing out to eventual winner Lewis Cook.

He made his name with some dazzling displays from left-back for Walsall during his 44 appearances for the League One side.

It is believed that Garry Monk is desperate not to lose Taylor after selling another Leeds academy graduate in Lewis Cook who signed for Bournemouth in a £10million deal.

However, he may be powerless in his attempt to do so with only 12 months remaining on Taylor’s contract and could be forced to cash in on the 22-year-old, who has been linked with a move to Premier League side West Brom.

In other Leeds transfer news, Whites target Anthony Limbombe has gone to war with his club NEC Nijmegen.