Leeds United are poised to win the race to sign Manchester City attacker Ian Poveda this week after a breakthrough in talks, Football Insider understands.

The 19-year-old attacker has been targeted by the Yorkshire giants to replace Jack Clarke and has visited their Thorp Arch headquarters to discuss a deal.

A Leeds source has told Football Insider the club are confident they have fended off competition for Poveda after indications he now wants to sign.

Poveda had agreed personal terms with United earlier this month but the versatile forward has been considering his options amid interest from Torino.

The Italian club offered him a contract, and there has also been interest from Celtic, but he is now ready to move to Elland Road.

That would be a major boost to Leeds as they look to strengthen a squad that has looked light on attacking talent since Clarke and Eddie Nketiah were recalled by Tottenham and Arsenal respectively at the start of the month.

Poveda is the same age as Clarke and has been targeted by Leeds after they scouted him extensively last year.

 

Poveda’s contract at Man City expires in the summer and he has made it clear to the club he wants to leave after three-and-a-half years and just one senior appearance.

Born in London to Colombian parents, Poveda was on Barcelona’s books as a youth but he has been capped by England at Under-20 level.

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