Deal clinched: Leeds player agrees transfer to Manchester United
By Alex Stevens
Leeds goalkeeper Theo Richardson has revealed on his personal Twitter account that he has completed a transfer to Manchester United.
The 18-year-old has updated his biography on the social media site from that of a Leeds player to a United one in a clear sign that a deal has been completed.
It comes after Richardson made two appearances for the Premier League side’s fabled youth team in recent weeks.
The teenager ‘keeper was named in the United side for the first time in their 2-2 Premier League Under-18 draw against Manchester City a fortnight ago.
The official website reported that Richardson also played the full 90 minutes of the Under-18s’ 4-3 defeat against Chelsea at Cobham on Saturday.
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Richardson made his new allegiance clear with a series of re-tweets about his performance from the official Chelsea Twitter account, while his own bio showed the change of his status to that of a player at United.
Richardson’s move comes after the unofficial Leeds United Academy Twitter account claimed that the youngster, who was in the second year of a two-year Elland Road scholarship, was undergoing a trial at Old Trafford.
The same account had reported at the start of last month that Richardson had been told by Leeds he will not be handed a professional contract when his scholarship comes to an end in the summer.
Good luck to #lufc second year scholar goalkeeper Theo Richardson who has been told he won’t be getting a pro contract and is free to leave
— Lufcyouth (@leedsutdacademy) March 2, 2017
United have seized upon the unexpected availability of Richardson, 18, who was a mainstay of the Leeds Under-18s side for most of this season.
Lincoln-born Richardson has made the short move from Yorkshire to Greater Manchester as he bounces back from the disappointment of not getting a new contract at Leeds.
Meanwhile, Leeds’ senior side are back in action on Tuesday evening when they aim to put their weekend defeat at Reading behind them by securing a Championship victory against mid-table Brentford.
Garry Monk’s team are fifth in the division with a haul of 69 points from 39 matches and aiming to nail down a top-six finish.
In other Leeds transfer news, the club have sealed an out-of-window midfielder transfer.