EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke
Everton, Newcastle and Middlesbrough are tracking Leeds United forward Mallik Wilks following his impressive form on loan at Accrington Stanley, Football Insider sources understand.
Scouts from several Premier League have been keeping eyes on Wilks progress for the last 18 months since he broke into the Leeds first-team picture and they have continued to monitor his development at Accrington.
A well-placed source has told Football Insider that Everton and Newcastle are admirers of Wilks as they see him as a star in the making while Middlesbrough boss Garry Monk is a big fan of the teenager having worked with him during his time at Leeds and handing him his senior debut.
The source explained that Everton and Newcastle are both lining up possible moves.
Wilks joined League Two Accrington in August on loan until January and he has caught the eye during his spell at the club.
The 18-year-old scored on his debut with a superb strike in a 2-2 draw with Notts County and he has scored two more goals in a League Two clash with Chesterfield and the Checkatrade Trophy win over Middlesbrough’s Under-21s to make him one of the youngest goalscorers in the top four divisions this season.
Wilks is highly-regarded at Leeds after coming through the ranks at Elland Road and his impressive displays at Accrington is only helping to develop his reputation among his Premier League suitors.
The powerful and pacy forward made his debut for Leeds last January, coming off the bench in the FA Cup fourth round tie with Sutton United, having also featured on the bench for the first-team in the Championship.
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