By Kevin Phillips

28th Jun, 2021 | 7:39am

Phillips backs Leeds to sign Copa America star Brereton after reported update

Blackburn Rovers striker Ben Brereton would make a fine addition to the Leeds United squad.

That is according to ex-Premier League hitman Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 22-year-old forward.

According to Chilean outlet RedGol on 24th June (via the Daily Mail), Leeds are eyeing Brereton ahead of a swoop this summer.

The Stoke-born attacker is eligible for the Chile national team through his mother and was recently called up to the squad for the Copa America.

Brereton, whose Rovers deal has 12 months left to run, has scored one goal and supplied one assist at the tournament so far.

Phillips notes the forward’s age and goalscoring ability and claimed that Marcelo Bielsa could “get the best” out of him.

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“He’s a decent player,” he told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.

“He scored for his country the other day at the Copa America. He’s a good technical player at a good age and he’ll score goals as well.

“Looking at a player like that, it depends how much you’d have to pay. But Bielsa gets the best out of his players and Brereton is certainly a big talent.

“I think he has been linked to other clubs as well so he could be a good addition.”

Brereton signed for Blackburn from Nottingham Forest in a £7million deal in January 2019.

He has been used as a striker and wide forward in his time at Ewood Park and scored seven goals in 40 Championship matches last term.

In other news, Bielsa in contact with Leeds United transfer target as playing role discussed.