Everton 'stunned' by Leeds United 'speed' as source reveals all about Miller capture
Everton made the first move for Amari Miller but Leeds United blew them out of the water to win the transfer race.
United finalised the capture of the forward, 18, after Birmingham City accepted their offer of an initial £200,000 rising to £1.5million with performance-related add-ons.
A Birmingham source has told Football Insider that Everton were the first to enquire about Miller before he was fast-tracked into the first team in April.
The Merseysiders’ recruitment team had been hugely impressed by the youngster’s pace and movement while playing for the Championship club’s Under-23s side.
At that point, Birmingham had been slow to offer Miller a professional contract to replace his scholarship deal, which was expiring in June.
Leeds had been keeping an eye on the versatile forward for many months and, alerted by Everton’s interest, made their move.
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The Yorkshire giants “came in strong”, said the source, and “stunned Everton by the speed of their move”.
Leeds won over Miller and, crucially, his father, with their sales pitch and plan to develop the youngster in their Under-23s before promoting him to their first-team squad.
The track record of master coach Marcelo Bielsa in developing young stars also held considerable sway.
This site broke the news on 15th June that United were in advanced negotiations to land the 18-year-old striker and then revealed on 26th June that the deal was all agreed.
Miller was officially unveiled by Leeds on 28th June.
The Yorkshire giants have set their sights on luring top homegrown talents this summer fas a result of the new difficulties signing youngsters from Europe following Brexit.
Birmingham eventually offered Miller a professional deal, which means Leeds having to pay them a compensation fee for development costs.
Miller made five appearances in April and May, including consecutive starts in wide attacking roles against Cardiff City and Blackburn Rovers.