By Wayne Veysey

4th Aug, 2020 | 12:00pm

Exclusive: Leeds submitting offer for French midfielder

Leeds United have set their sights on signing another Reading midfielder this summer in Michael Olise, Football Insider understands.

The Whites are already in the race for the Royals star’s teammate John Swift, but face strong competition from Sheffield United.

A Leeds source has told Football Insider that France youth international Olise is also firmly on their radar as they line up a move.

Victor Orta and his recruitment team have been tracking the highly rated 18-year-old for some time and are ready to offer him the chance to move up to the Premier League.

Leeds are keen to exploit the Reading cash crisis following the pandemic as they work on two potential deals.

As revealed by Football Insider at the start of last month, Chris Wilder’s side have already tabled a bid for Swift of between £3-5million after his stellar campaign in midfield for the side who finished 14th in the Championship.

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Olise is certainly one of Reading’s prize assets and he is attracting interest from the elite after graduating from their youth team to establish himself in the senior side.

The central midfielder, who can also play in attacking midfield, started 13 of their league matches this season and was a regular for the final third of the campaign.

Capped by France at Under-18 level, he has how accumulated 27 first-team appearances for Reading.

Olise is contracted to the second-tier outfit until the summer of 2022.

In other news, Leeds United are working on a deal to sign a brilliant Belgium centre-forward in cut-price deal.