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31st Jan, 2017 | 3:05pm

Report: Leeds turn deadline-day attention to sparkling lower league gem

By Will Butcher

Leeds are eyeing a late move for Bolton playmaker Zach Clough but face competition from Nottingham Forest, according to a report.

The Daily Mail claimed on their transfer news blog (January 31, 1.57pm) that Leeds had shown deadline-day interest in the lower league 21-year-old, but Forest had stolen a march by making an enquiry.

Leeds have been credited with an interest in Clough in the past, with The Daily Mail claiming in December that the youngster was interesting Leeds, Everton, Wolves, Middlesbrough, Birmingham and Bristol City.

Clough has been in magnificent form for Phil Parkinson’s side this season, as his sparkling performances continue to push Bolton to the summit of the third tier of English football.

Having a hand in 14 goals during his 29 league and cup appearances, Bolton’s number 10 has scored nine goals and supplied another five in assists as Bolton sit in third.

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However, with three years still remaining on his current Bolton deal, the Lancashire club could price both Leeds and Forest out of a move for Clough.

Football Insider verdict:

After losing Alex Mowatt to Barnsley and Matt Grimes struggling to provide the form required to boost a promotion-chasing side in the Championship, Leeds could do with signing a number 10. Known as one of the hottest prospects emerging from League One, Clough would be a fantastic signing at Elland Road as he possesses plenty of experience in the Championship after being relegated with Bolton last season. Scoring 12 goals in 36 appearances in England’s second tier, Clough would hit the ground running and could hold the key in aiding Leeds promotion chances.

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