By Kevin Phillips

24th Dec, 2020 | 9:00pm

Pundit Exclusive: Leeds may sign French assist machine on buy-to-loan Jan deal

Leeds United may sign teen goal machine Michael Olise in January on a buy-to-loan deal, according to Kevin Phillips.

The former England international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, is adamant that the 19-year-old’s Frenchman’s development would be best served at the Madejski Stadium, at least until next summer.

Leeds are one of a host of Premier League clubs interested in signing the teenager who has an £8million release clause in his contract.

Football Insider revealed on Monday that Reading are resigned to losing the attacking midfielder in the January transfer window.

Olise is currently the Championship’s most creative player, boasting a league-best seven assists while he has also scored four goals.

When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of the winger’s future, Phillips said:

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“He should stay at Reading for the rest of the season. Stay and help get your club promoted.

“Why would you leave? He is playing week in, week out. Is he going to play at Leeds? Probably not. He may come off the bench and start the odd game but it would disrupt his development.

“The other option is he signs for Leeds and then returns to Reading on loan for the second half of the season. I would not have issues with that. You could get him signed up and then send him back. That could be an option.”  

Liverpool, Arsenal, Wolves and Crystal Palace are among Olise’s other suitors.

His current contract at the Madejski Stadium expires in June 2022.

In other news, Leeds United tipped to sign replacement for Pablo Hernandez next month.