By Wayne Veysey

19th May, 2020 | 3:00pm

Exclusive: Player set to join Leeds after agreeing three-and-half year contract

Leeds United will hand rising star Charlie Allen a three-and-a-half year contract when the club return to full working operations, Football Insider understands.

The Championship promotion favourites have been working on a deal to land the 16-year-old from Northern Irish outfit Linfield and last week agreed a fee that this site understands is £300,000.

A Leeds source has told Football Insider that Leeds have now agreed the terms of a contract which will allow Allen to formally complete a move to Elland Road when Covid-19 restrictions allow.

He is set to sign to put pen to paper on an initial scholarship deal which will then become a three-year professional deal when he turns 17 in November.

The three-and-a-half year contract will include a pay rise for Allen when he graduates to the pro ranks in six months’ time.

As reported by Football Insider, Leeds have fended off interest from some of Britain’s leading clubs.

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Allen has undergone trials at Tottenham and Man City as well as been the subject of strong interest from Rangers and Chelsea.

He is regarded as one of the best young prospects in Northern Ireland and has already accumulated first-team experience at Linfield.

Remarkably, the youngster broke into the first team at just 15 in the final match of last season when he became their youngest-ever debutant.

He has since made seven more appearances for the Northern Irish club, who are managed by former Leeds striker David Healy.

Leeds’ plan is for the teenager to link up with their Under-23s squad before he is incorporated into Marcelo Bielsa’s first-team set-up.

In other Leeds United news, it can be REVEALED that West Ham were offered a senior Whites star.