By Pete O'Rourke

20th Dec, 2019 | 5:00pm

Leeds Exclusive: Swansea & Huddersfield lead race to sign attacker

Swansea City and Huddersfield Town have leapfrogged Premier League and Championship big hitters including Leeds United and Aston Villa in the Rhian Brewster loan race, Football Insider can reveal.

Liverpool are listening to offers to take Brewster after Jurgen Klopp gave the green light for him to be loaned out for the second half of the campaign.

A Reds source has told Football Insider that Swansea and Huddersfield, 10th and 19th in the Championship respectively, are battling for pole position in the multi-club hunt for Brewster.

The striker, 19, is keen to join a club where he can expect to be a regular starter and get the game time he needs to kickstart his senior career.

Swansea and Huddersfield are both in a better position to offer that than Villa, Crystal Palace and Leeds, whose first choice striker Patrick Bamford has started all 22 of their league matches this campaign.

The source explained that the Swans are especially well placed to secure a deal as Brewster has a strong relationship with their manager Steve Cooper dating back to when England won the World Cup at Under-17 level.

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Football Insider broke the news last month that Klopp is open to loan offers for Brewster ahead of January.

The manager believes the rising star needs more match experience after making just two appearances for Liverpool in his fledgling career.

He missed the Tuesday League Cup mauling at Aston Villa due to injury in what was a major blow for a player who was robbed of a year of his career due to an ankle problem.

Klopp has made no secret of his admiration of Brewster, who he regards as capable of establishing himself in the first team just like another academy graduate Trent Alexander-Arnold.

In other Leeds United news, it has been claimed that the club have lined up “brilliant” 27-year-old to replace Jack Clarke next month.