By Alex McLeish

2nd Oct, 2020 | 12:38pm

'Sensational' - Exclusive: McLeish wowed as Leeds in talks to sign playmaker

Leeds United would pull off a “sensational move” if they finalise the signing of Norwich City playmaker Todd Cantwell, according to Alex McLeish.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Premier League manager admits it is no surprise that the versatile winger is set to return to the top flight after his impressive performances last season.

As revealed by Football Insider, Leeds, who tabled a £15million bid for the 22-year-old last week, are closing in on a deal as discussions continue ahead of Monday’s transfer deadline.

The Canaries star netted seven goals and chipped in with two assists across all competitions last season as Daniel Farke’s men were relegated.

However, McLeish insists he saw enough from Cantwell to prove he is good enough to be a Premier League player and that Leeds would be a fantastic club for him to join.

McLeish told Football Insider: “No surprise that he’s going to move to a big club.

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“I had a pal, we were kidding each other on every week, he said Man United should sign him – he’s a Man U fan – and I said I don’t know if he’s ready for Man United after one season in the Premier League.

“We can all see the quality of the guy, the enthusiasm of the fella, the confidence of him. He carries himself well and it’s no surprise for me if he comes back to the Premier League. 

“It would be a sensational move for him if he is to get that Leeds move.” 

A graduate of Norwich’s youth system, Cantwell has played 70 times for the south east outfit to date, including twice this season.

The England under-21 international is able to play on either wing or through the middle as an attacking midfielder.

In other news, Leeds United have turned their attention to signing wide man Mauricio Pochettino has compared to Lionel Messi.