Leeds face competition for emerging England star - report

By Tom Blackburn

Leeds target Rico Henry is being eyed up by Championship rivals Bristol City, according to a report.

The England Under-19 left-back was being lined up as a possible replacement for Charlie Taylor at Leeds should he leave for the Premier League.

The Yorkshire Post claim that the Whites will face competition from City if they wish to pursue the 19-year-old.

Birmingham-born Henry has been attracting the interest of some of England’s biggest clubs, with Premier League sides West Ham, Liverpool and Arsenal all credited with an interest.

The youngster was nominated for the Football League Young Player of the Year last season, losing out to eventual winner Lewis Cook.

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He made his name with some dazzling displays from left-back for Walsall during his 44 appearances for the League One side.

It remains to be seen whether Leeds will pursue Henry after Leeds released a statement last Tuesday to confirm that a transfer request had been submitted by Taylor but said it had been rejected and the 22-year-old would not be sold this summer.

The Yorkshire giants appear determined to hang on to the academy graduate until at least the January window, which is when they sold his former team-mate Sam Byram earlier this year.

Taylor has firmly established himself as Leeds’ first-choice left-back and made 42 appearances for the Whites last season, chipping in with seven assists.

In other Leeds transfer news, they have been given a boost in their pursuit of a 24-year-old international attacker.