EXCLUSIVE By Wayne Veysey
Leeds United defender Liam Kitching has agreed personal terms with Forest Green and is set to complete a permanent transfer in the next 24 hours, Football Insider can reveal.
The League Two club have made a move for the versatile 19-year-old after being impressed by the impact he has made on loan at Harrogate Town over the last 18 months.
A Leeds source has told Football Insider that the club have granted permission for Kitching to head to the Gloucestershire outfit to discuss a contract and complete the formalities of the move.
Forest Green are also expected to pay a six-figure transfer fee for the Elland Road academy product, who has failed to make the first-team breakthrough at the club.
He will become the second centre-back in the last week to leave United after Aapo Halme signed for Barnsley, while Pontus Jansson is on the verge of a £5.5million transfer to Brentford.
As revealed by Football Insider, manager Marcelo Bielsa has sanctioned the exit of Kitching even though he has two years remaining on the three-year contract he signed last summer.
Kitching has not played for the Leeds first team but he made 34 appearances, all of them starts, for Harrogate Town in the fifth division of the English football system.
Listed as a centre-back by United, Kitching played regularly at left-back and this versatility has been key to Forest Green swooping to sign him.