Sources: Leeds United make move to sign Jamie Mercer
Leeds United are plotting a move to sign Aberdeen teenage sensation Jamie Mercer, sources have told Football Insider.
The centre-back, 16, has caught the eye of the Yorkshire giants and a number of other Premier League clubs after dazzling for Aberdeen’s youth sides.
Leeds are keen to strengthen their youth ranks and they see Mercer as a potential star in the making.
The left-sided centre-back has been a regular in Aberdeen’s Under-18s side this season and Leeds scouts have been making regular checks on him.
It is believed they have registered their interest in a potential deal as they look to sign him before the window opens.
A move for Mercer would not be Leeds’ first foray into the Scottish market.
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Football Insider revealed on Monday (8 May) that the Whites have reached a full agreement with Hamilton sensation Josh McDonald.
The Yorkshire giants beat off competition from Premier League and Championship sides to sign the 16-year-old midfielder for a fee of around £150,000.
Leeds are already well-stocked with promising defenders and are seeking to add another with a move for Mercer.
They swooped to bring Portugal Under-18 international Diogo Monteiro to the club in January, and he has been progressing well with the Under-21 side in the second half of the 2022-23 campaign.
Charlie Cresswell and Leo Hjelde are also set to return from respective loan spells at Millwall and Rotherham this summer.
Leeds have placed a big emphasis on signing the best young talent since returning to the Premier League – and have also completed deals for highly-rated forwards Sonny Perkins and Mateo Joseph in the last year.
At senior level, the Whites are locked in another fight for their top-flight survival.
Sam Allardyce took interim charge last week and faces games against Newcastle, West Ham and Tottenham with Leeds currently 19th in the table.
In other news, big update on Leeds appointing Ange Postecoglou this summer.