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Leeds face Premier League competition for towering signing

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Leeds United are reportedly facing competition for Leyton Orient starlet Dan Happe, with a number of top-flight clubs now eyeing up the defender.

According to the Daily Mail, Leeds retain a long-term interest in the 20-year-old but a number of Premier League sides, including Leicester City and Norwich City, are preparing a move for him.

Orient are understood to want to keep the 6ft 5ins central defender, however, they are believed to be considering selling the East London-born player and want to loan him back for the 2019/20 season.

He made 20 appearances for Orient in the National League last season, scoring once, and helping the club win promotion back to the Football League.

The Englishman, who has drawn comparisons to Harry Maguire, made his debut for the O’s in September 2017 and has since appeared 47 times for the club.

Happe came through the youth system at Brisbane Road but his current contract with the club is set to expire next summer, meaning the club will likely be keen to cash in now so they don’t see him leave for nothing in 2020.

Verdict

It will be frustrating for Orient to lose the young defender, who has been described by Ross Embleton as an incredible talent, after bringing him through their academy and introducing him to first-team football over the past two seasons.

Given the attention from bigger clubs, Happe is unlikely to want to sign a new contract and selling the defender now with a loan back for 2019/20, Orient’s first season back in League Two, seems like the best move.

This option would likely also work best for Leeds. The club are understood to have a long-term interest in the 20-year-old and he is unlikely to be ready for Championship football yet.

They may struggle to convince Happe that Elland Road is the best place for him, given that top-flight football is an option and the draw of the Premier League will prove tempting.

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