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Signing young footballers is “the way forward” and Leeds United deserve praise for targeting 20-year-old Liverpool defender Yasser Larouci. 

That is according to former England goalscorer Darren Bent, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the Prenton Park academy graduate with two senior Liverpool appearances to his name.

This site reported that Liverpool are resigned to letting Larouci leave after he turned down their offer of a new deal.

Leeds are long-time admirers after attempting to sign the the Algeria-born left-back over the summer.

Talks were held over a deal but terms could not be agreed.

Now, with Larouci’s contract expiring in six months, the door is open for the Yorkshire giants to re-enter negotiations.

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Darren Bent believes that going after young players is a commendable strategy from the Leeds United hierarchy.

He told Football Insider: “I think it’s unfortunate with the times we live in, we’re gonna see a lot of footballers leaving a lot younger because they are going to have to, with this whole Covid situation.

“But if that’s the way Leeds are going to go about their business and buy youngsters then I’m all for that. I love it, seeing youngsters get opportunities and do really well.

“I’d rather them give experience to a youngster, give him an opportunity than go and buy someone who’s been there done that and doesn’t quite fit the system. With those sorts of deals, you have to pay a lot of money and there’s no real resale value. Youngster, on the other hand, that’s the way forward.”

There is interest in Larouci from Championship high-flyers Brentford and Norwich City too.

His Liverpool teammate Sepp van den Berg could also be on the move this January amid interest from Germany. 

In other news, Leeds United have been offered the chance to sign a Ligue 1 striker who is said to be faster than Kylian Mbappe.