By Kevin Campbell

23rd Dec, 2020 | 7:00pm

Pundit Exclusive: 11 goal/assist teen tipped to join Leeds amid release clause reveal

Reading attacker Michael Olise is ready to make the step up to the Premier League amid interest from Leeds United and Liverpool.

That is according to former Arsenal and Everton striker Kevin Campbell, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the prospect of the 19-year-old leaving the Madejski Stadium next month.

Olise has been in fine form for the Royals this season, his 20 Championship appearances yielding four goals and seven assists.

Football Insider revealed on Monday that Reading are likely to sell the attacking midfielder in the January transfer window.

Leeds, Liverpool, Arsenal, Wolves and Crystal Palace are interested in the teenager who has an £8million release clause in his contract.

When asked by Football Insider if he thought Olise was ready to move to Elland Road, Campbell said:“Yeah I think he is ready to make the step up to the Premier League.

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“Let’s not look at the Championship lightly. It is not like it is non-league. If you are a top performer in the Championship you can play in the Premier League, Leeds are proving that.

“They are doing pretty well in the league. I do not see it being a problem, especially given the way they play. I think Olise could go there [to Leeds] and do a job.”  

Speaking on Olise earlier this month, Reading boss Veljko Paunovic said: “He is on the verge of becoming a fantastic player but I will always encourage him and not put in jeopardy his development because I believe he still needs to develop.

“Michael is young and a very special talent. We are aware that we have a very talented player.”

In other news, Leeds United tipped to sign replacement for Pablo Hernandez next month.