By Danny Wright
Leeds have beat Ajax to the signing of Cameron Borthwick-Jackson from Manchester United, according to a report.
ESPN claims that the 20-year-old defender has rejected a move to the European giants in order to stay in England and complete a loan switch to Elland Road, where he believes he will get more first-team opportunities.
It is understood that Borthwick-Jackson’s move to Leeds is all but done and he is expected to be confirmed as part of Thomas Christiansen’s squad within a matter of days.
The report adds that the England Under-20 international could be included in the Whites squad to take on Port Vale in the League Cup on Wednesday night.
The young left-back spent the first-half of last season on loan with Wolves in the Championship, but he struggled to get much first-team action as he played just seven times across all competitions.
Borthwick-Jackson will arrive at Elland Road as a likely replacement for Charlie Taylor, who left Leeds at the end of his contract earlier this summer in order to complete a switch to Burnley.
Football Insider Verdict
Leeds got off to a good start in the Championship on Sunday with a win against Bolton, but it was clear that there are questions about the defence after they leaked two goals. The right-footed Gaetano Berardi started at left-back and was replaced by another natural right-sided player in Vurnon Anita. It highlighted an obvious flaw in what seems to be a decent squad, but it now seems that Christiansen may have sorted it out by snapping up Borthwick-Jackson on loan. Although he’s coming from Man United, the left-back is a good solid addition to the squad. In his first-team appearances at Old Trafford he has shown that he’s more than capable of playing top level football. It’s yet another great bit of business by Leeds.
In other Leeds news, Christiansen has made an admission about this striker’s future at Elland Road.