'He can go to Very Top' - Exclusive: Bent reacts as Leeds work on big-money late signing
Leeds United target Louie Sibley has “the potential to go to the very top”, according to Darren Bent.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Spurs and England striker delivered said he watched the midfielder a lot last year.
Football Insider revealed earlier this week that Derby County have slapped a £10million minimum price tag on the 19-year-old.
Leeds director Victor Orta confirmed to the Yorkshire Post that the club were interested in Sibley after he enjoyed a breakout campaign for the Rams last season.
The midfielder featured in 11 Championship games for Philip Cocu’s side and scored a hat-trick for the club on just his second start in their 3-2 away win over Millwall in June.
And Bent was left very impressed by the youngster’s performances.
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“You’re buying potential,” Bent told Football Insider.
“I watched Louis Sibley a lot last year, I really like him and I think he’s a good player.
“At the same time, after he scored the hat-trick against Millwall people started to mark him more and pay him a bit more attention and to be fair he struggled with that little bit more scrutiny on him with opposition teams setting up to stop him.
“As far as buying potential, he’s got all the potential to go to the very top.
“For me, £10million is very, very steep.”
Sibley has featured in all but one of Derby’s games this season and has provided one assist in five games.
He has represented England at under-17, under-18 and under-19 level. Across all age groups, the youngster has eight national team caps.