'Phenomenal amount' - Boss confirms major interest as Leeds eye bid for defensive revelation
Luton Town manager Nathan Jones has confirmed that there is major interest in Leeds United transfer target James Justin during the January transfer window.
Football Insider exclusively revealed on Thursday that the Whites had identified the 19-year-old right back as their top target to replace first team stalwart Luke Ayling, with the Leeds man confirmed to have been ruled out of the rest of the season through injury.
The Whites have kept a close eye on the youngster’s progress with the League Two side, having been a revelation at the back since breaking into the senior side last season, although he has found first team action hard to come by during the current campaign, with just 10 league appearances to his name.
However, this has not stopped Leeds, among other clubs, from sending scouts to track Justin’s performances, and although Luton boss Jones insists there have been no official approaches for his young star’s services, he acknowledged the vast amount of interest being shown.
He told Dunstable Today: “We’ve not had anything official, but there’s a lot of people talking about James Justin.
“We had 36 scouts here the other day, which is a phenomenal amount of scouts for any football game, let along our Checkatrade game.
“Whether we get bids is one thing, whether we accept them is a million miles from whether we get them or not.”
Since breaking into the first team at Kenilworth Road after graduating from the youth setup, Justin has gone on to make 55 appearances for the club, scoring three goals and chipping in with four assists having been utilised on both flanks of the defence.
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