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Leeds United are set to finalise the signing of rising star Charlie Allen after securing Category 1 academy status.

The Championship leaders reached an agreement to sign the 16-year-old attacker from Northern Irish outfit Linfield in May for a fee this site understands is £300,000.

A Leeds source has told Football Insider that the pandemic restrictions prevented them signing off the transfer and formally registering Allen in the Spring.

But he is set to be welcomed to United and unveiled as one of the first arrivals following the landmark academy grading.

Leeds confirmed on Wednesday that the academy had been awarded category one status for the first time in the club’s history.

This will enable to club to benefit from more Premier League funding for youth players as well as allowing their Under-23s to play in the higher standard Premier League 2 from next season.

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Like all other clubs, Leeds have had to effectively mothball their youth set-up since the lockdown began in March.

But the programmes will be back in full swing next season, when Allen will initially link up with their Under-23s in the first stage of his development.

He has agreed a scholarship deal that will become a three-year professional agreement when he turns 17 in November.

As reported by Football Insider, Leeds have fended off interest from some of Britain’s leading clubs to land Allen, including Tottenham, Man City, Chelsea and Rangers.

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