By Wayne Veysey

Leeds United have granted permission for Callum Nicell to head to Leicester City and undergo a trial, Football Insider understands.

The United midfielder, 19, made an appearance for a Leicester City XI, made up of their Under-23s players, against Hednesford Town on Friday night.

A Leeds source has told Football Insider that Nicell is at the Premier League club with a view to a transfer after being given the green light to move before the window shuts.

The Republic of Ireland youth international has entered the final year of his Leeds contract, which is a two-year deal signed in September of 2018.

He is yet to make the first-team breakthrough at Elland Road despite Marcelo Bielsa fast-tracking multiple teenagers into the first-team set-up since taking charge last year.

Nicell has yet to appear in any of Leeds’ pre-season fixtures and was not selected for the tour of Australia even though the internationals and new signings were left behind at Thorp Arch to work on their fitness.

Capped by Republic of Ireland at Under-18 and Under-19 level, the midfielder could now be set for a step up to the Premier League.

Nicell played a key role in the Leeds Under-23s side that lifted the Professional Development League 2 title last season under Carlos Corberan, after stepping up from the Under-18s.

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