Leeds very keen to sign English centre-back storming the league, summer move is likely - report
By Richard Parks
Leeds United are in the hunt to Stevenage centre-back Ben Wilmot after his astonishing rise in recent months, according to a report.
The Independent claim there is a stampede of interest in the Englishman, 18, just six months and 15 matches into his professional career.
It is said that Leeds were “very keen to sign” Wilmot in the January window, as were Liverpool, Derby County and Brighton, while Watford tabled a £500,000 bid and there was also an offer from Tottenham.
The Independent report that Stevenage’s £1million asking price for the player, who has been called up to the England Under-19 squad this week, is “likely” to be met by a top-flight club this summer.
Wilmot has established himself in the team for League Two outfit Stevenage through a string of outstanding displays at the centre of their defence since graduating from the club’s academy.
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Football Insider verdict:
Wilmot is clearly a young player of immense potential. His rise is even more astonishing when taken into account the fact that he has only been playing at centre-back for just over a year, having being moved back there from midfield halfway through last season, the first year of his scholarship. His call-up to England Under-19s, coupled with the Premier League scouts beating a path to Stevenage, suggests that Leeds have their work cut out to win the race for his signature. Much will depend on who is willing to meet the fourth-tier club’s asking price, as well as the pathways laid down by the interested clubs in developing a teenager clearly destined for the top.
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