By Derek Smithson
European heavyweights Ajax have joined Leeds in the race to sign Manchester United defender Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claim that the Dutch side are looking for a left-sided defender following the sale of Jario Riedewald to Crystal Palace.
It is understood that the 20-year-old is willing to leave United in the summer and that he was not included in the club’s recent pre-season tour.
The report details that Leeds, Reading, Heerenveen and PEC Zwolle have also expressed an interest in signing the full-back.
Borthwick-Jackson is regarded as an exciting talent at Old Trafford, but has been unable to make a serious first-team breakthrough.
The English defender has made just 14 senior appearances for United and also endured a frustrating loan spell at Wolves last season.
Football Insider verdict:
Leeds need to try pull out all of the stops to sign Borthwick-Jackson as they still need a left-back before the season begins. The Whites look set to use versatile defender Gaetano Berardi in that position, but are still yet to replace Charlie Taylor following his exit to Burnley. Thomas Christiansen’s side will be able to five the 20-year-old regular first-team action and that is a big advantage over some of their rivals also chasing his signature. Borthwick-Jackson has previously won the Under-21s player of the year at Old Trafford and could still become a major success. Leeds would really benefit from having the youngster in the upcoming campaign and they would be getting a quality player if he can rediscover his best form.
In other Leeds transfer news, they have been installed joint favourites to sign a Premier League striker.