By Wayne Veysey and Pete O’Rourke
Leeds United have agreed terms with attacking midfielder Josh Galloway after he rejected offers from Premier League and Championship clubs, Football Insider can reveal.
United announced yesterday they have signed the rising star, 17, after he put pen to paper on a scholarship contract.
A Leeds source has told Football Insider that the player made up his mind to move to Elland Road despite receiving contract offers from rival Championship clubs and even one in the English top flight.
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Leeds won the race for the teenager after a convincing sales pitch in which they made clear their faith in the player’s potential to develop into a first-team star.
Carlisle had tried to keep Galloway, who was 13 months into a two-year scholarship deal, but have lost their second player to the Yorkshire big hitters this summer.
Forward Liam McCarron, 18, made the move to Elland Road at the start of last month after being fast-tracked into the first team of the League Two club last season.
Galloway had yet to play for Carlisle but has been making impressive strides and featured for the first team in pre-season as they looked to promote him during the campaign.
Leeds have a growing reputation for developing young players since Marcelo Bielsa took over as manager last year.
Multiple United academy products have been handed their senior debuts by the Argentine and they regularly feature in the matchday squad ahead of more experience players.