Leeds United are rivalling a number of clubs including Liverpool and Manchester United to the potential signing of Linfield youngster, Charlie Allen according to the Belfast Telegraph.
He didn’t feature much for the Northern Irish side in last year’s campaign, but made his first-team debut in their final league game of the season.
Allen has also been named in their squad for their Champions League qualifier against Norwegian side, Rosenborg, which could see him become the youngest player ever to play at that level.
The report also claims that Tottenham Hotspur, Celtic and Rangers are also interested in landing Allen’s signature ahead of the new season, which gets underway in August.
It’s clear to see that the youngster is rated highly, and he’ll be keen to make the right call on his next move, and it seems as though it’s only a matter of time before he leaves Linfield in favour of a move to a more reputable club.
Linfield chairman, Roy McGivern recently admitted (quotes sourced from the Belfast Telegraph) that there has been interest in Allen, and feels as though he’s got the potential to make it to the very top.
“There’s massive interest in Charlie. Glenn Ferguson would tell you that from his work with the Academy and David Healy sees that he is a great talent and wants to aid his development.
“Such is Charlie’s talent, he’s good enough to go across the water in the future and have his pick of clubs.”
Leeds are going to face a real battle to land his signature ahead of the other clubs interested.
They can’t offer Allen Premier League football, but the Whites do have an academy set-up that is doing extremely well at the moment, which could tempt him to move to Elland Road.
Working under Carlos Corberan could tempt him as well, as there is a clear pathway through to the first-team, which has been clear to see after a number of youngsters featured for Marcelo Bielsa’s men last season.