Leeds United are set to make a pitch to Liverpool this week as they bid to win the January race for Rhian Brewster, Football Insider has learned.
The striker, 19, is set to be one of the most in-demand Premier League players in the upcoming window after Jurgen Klopp made up his mind to allow him to go on loan for the second half of the campaign.
A Leeds source has told Football Insider that the club have already lodged their interest in Brewster and they will meet with Liverpool in the coming days to present their case for a temporary deal.
Recruitment chief Victor Orta is likely to be heavily involved, just as he was with a presentation to Arsenal late in the summer window that helped seal the Eddie Nketiah capture.
The Gunners may take advantage of a recall clause in Nketiah’s loan next month following his lack of first-team football this season.
As reported by Football Insider earlier this month, Brewster is one of the forwards targeted by Leeds to potentially replace his fellow England Under-21 international.
Klopp and the Anfield recruitment team not expected to make a decision on where Brewster will play for the second half of the season until they have heard pitches from his many suitors, who also include Aston Villa, Crystal Palace and Swansea City.
Football Insider broke the news last month that Klopp is open to loan offers for Brewster in the winter window.
The manager believes the rising star needs more match experience under his belt after making just two senior appearances for Liverpool.
Brewster, who won the Golden Boot at the Under-17 World Cup in 2017, is rated by Klopp as a player capable of making the jump from the Anfield fringes to an established first-team role.
His progress was interrupted by a serious ankle injury that robbed him of a year of his career and he was also kept out of a fledgling line-up’s 5-0 League Cup defeat to Villa last night by injury.
In other Leeds United news, it has been claimed that the club have lined up “brilliant” 27-year-old to replace Jack Clarke next month.