By Wayne Veysey

3rd Nov, 2020 | 4:14pm

Exclusive: Big development after Leeds bid for young defender accepted

Motherwell have offered starlet Sam Campbell a new contract after accepting a bid for him from Leeds United, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.

The defender, 16, was granted permission to hold talks with United as well as visit their Premier League rivals Liverpool and Brighton for trials this autumn.

But Motherwell have made a fresh move to keep hold of one of Campbell, regarded as one of the brightest talents in Scotland.

A recruitment source has told Football Insider that the Scottish Premiership club are increasingly the teenager will accept their offer of an improved three-year contract.

It would be regarded as quite a coup for ‘Well to keep hold of the youngster and fend off the interest from south of the border.

This site revealed that Campbell’s trial at Leeds had to be put on hold last month after one of their Under-18s player tested positive for the coronavirus.

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Protocol means Campbell could not head to Thorp Arch as the youth team were forced to isolate.

By that time, he had already visited Liverpool and Brighton and spent time playing with their age-group sides.

Football Insider has been told that Motherwell accepted bids from each of Liverpool, Leeds and Brighton for Campbell.

But the new twist in the wonderkid’s future means he may now be staying in Scotland.

Scottish teams are able to offer professional deals at 16, a year younger than they are in England.

Campbell, who joined Motherwell in December 2018, is highly regarded in his homeland.

He is yet to make his first-team debut but has impressed for the Scottish club’s youth teams but is so precocious he was playing for their Under-18s when he was just 14.

In other news, Kevin Campbell is blown away by ‘brilliant’ Leeds United signing.