By Wayne Veysey

14th Sep, 2021 | 5:15pm

Sources: Chikukwa agrees to join Watford after quitting Leeds United

Jimiel Chikukwa is poised to join Watford on a free transfer after quitting Leeds United, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.

The 18-year-old forward was released by Leeds in the summer after being deemed surplus to requirements at Elland Road.

A recruitment source has told Football Insider that Watford have offered the attacker a contract after he impressed on trial.

Chikukwa has agreed terms with the Premier League outfit and is set to complete a move this month.

He headed out of Elland Road following the end of his two-year scholarship in the summer.

The teenager did not break into the first team during his time at Leeds.

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But he served notice of his potential by scoring six goals in 15 appearances for the club’s Under-18s last season.

Five of those came in the Under-18 Premier League, a record bettered at Leeds only by Lui Bradbury, who scored six times.

Among United’s academy players in the Under-17s to Under-23s brackets, only Sam Greenwood, Max Dean and Bradbury scored more in league competition that Chikukwa.

He is a goalscoring forward renowned for his electric pace and finishing.

The rising star, who is eligible to represent England and Zimbabwe at international, also had a trial at Huddersfield Town over the summer.

The move to Watford will see him remain at a Premier League club, where he has a pathway to the first team.

In other news, Noel Whelan reveals “what I heard at Elland Road on Sunday proves Jurgen Klopp is spot-on about Leeds United.