COMMENT
Leeds United director of football Victor Orta still has some way to go to prove himself to the supporters of the West Yorkshire club.
However the Spanish transfer supremo can quickly silence those who want him out of Elland Road in the summer by beating a host of teams to Sheffield Wednesday contract rebel Sean Clare when the transfer window re-opens.
Team Talk has reported that Tottenham, Everton Southampton, Leicester, Norwich and Sunderland are all in the hunt to sign Clare, 21, in the summer after he rejected multiple offers for a new deal at Hillsborough.
It is understood that the London-born player could quit Sheffield Wednesday at the end of the season, despite only making his first-team debut for them last month.
If he does leave Hillsbrough, Leeds must be on standby to snap him up because he is exactly the type of young player that Paul Heckingbottom needs in his squad.
Clare can play in a lot of positions, so signing him up on a minimal compensation fee would be a masterstroke by Orta as he would be an excellent squad player due to his versatility.
Since returning to Hillsborough from a loan spell at League One’s Gillingham, he has primarily played as a defensive midfielder, scoring his first goal for the Owls against Aston Villa at the weekend.
But Clare can also play on the right-wing, at right-back, in central midfield or even on the left-wing.
That kind of versatility from a player who is wanted by top Premier League clubs who have an eye for young English talent would be brilliant at Elland Road and Orta cannot afford to miss out on an opportunity like it.
In other Leeds United news, Heckingbottom has admitted that he cannot do anything to improve this £3million Whites player.
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