By Aramide Oladipo
Leeds United are interested in signing Hearts teenage sensation Harry Cochrane, according to a report.
The Scottish Sun claims that Leeds director of football Victor Orta is a huge admirer of the 16-year-old and he is desperate to get a deal over the line as soon as possible.
The newspaper reports that the Yorkshire club would need to pay around £500,000 down plus extras in order to secure the signature of the young midfielder.
The report claims that the teenager is rated highly at the SPL side and he is being tipped to become a star in the near-future.
Cochrane made his breakthrough into the Hearts first-team this season and despite his age, he has become an important member of the squad.
The central midfielder has featured in six matches in all competitions this season but he has failed to complete 90 minutes in the process.
The youngster notched up his first assist for Hearts when he provided one for striker Kyle Lafferty in the 1-0 league victory over St. Johnstone last month.
Cochrane currently has three remaining on his contract with the SPL side.
Football Insider verdict
Leeds supporters will surely be delighted that the club are already looking to reinforce the squad ahead of the upcoming January transfer window. For a 16-year-old to make an impact any team in top-flight football shows that he has the potential to kick on and become a fine talent in the foreseeable future. With the Whites fighting for a place in the Premier League and taking into account the history of the club, it wouldn’t be too hard to convince the teenager to complete the switch. It will be interested to see whether Leeds manager Thomas Christiansen would be willing to stick him into the first-team straight away but the potential is certainly there.
In other Leeds United news, Gary Neville has explained why the Whites struggle in the transfer market.