By Pete O’Rourke
Leeds United are set to win the race to sign Carlisle United winger Liam McCarron after he was assured of a pathway to the first team by Marcelo Bielsa, Football Insider understands.
The Championship giants have faced competition from Wolves and Sheffield United for the signature of the 18-year-old as they look to land one of the lower leagues’ rising stars.
A Leeds source has told Football Insider the club have agreed a six-figure fee with League Two outfit Carlisle for McCarron and he is set to sign in the coming days.
The teenager has been convinced to make the move to Elland Road because United boss Bielsa has made it clear he will get first-team chances if he makes a strong impression for the club’s Under-23s next season.
The Argentine fast-tracked multiple youngsters from the academy in his first campaign, with Jack Clarke and Jamie Shackleton the most notable beneficiaries of his faith in youth.
Clarke is set to be unveiled as a Tottenham player on Monday after agreeing a transfer that could be worth up to £12million if all add-ons are hit.
Leeds’ plan is for McCarron to initially link up with their Under-23s squad, although he will also train with the first team at times as he looks to catch Bielsa’s eye.
He broke into the Carlisle team last season and attracting top-flight clubs with the potential he showed in his 20 appearances, most of which were as a substitute.
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