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Rangers pounce for in-demand Leeds United target with Elland Road deal on backburner



Rangers have reportedly offered Linfield’s Charlie Allen a contract as they look to win the race for the in-demand teenager, who has been linked with a move to Leeds United. 

The 16-year-old looks a bright prospect and has been linked with some of England and Scotland’s top clubs.

According to the Belfast Telegraph, Allen has had trials with Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City, and Tottenham.

It is thought that Rangers and Chelsea are also interested, while it was reported last week that Leeds are leading the race to sign the teenager and have been tracking the Norther Irishman for some time.

It is understood that the Whites’ deal for Allen has been put on the backburner due to the current EFL delay and it appears that Rangers have taken the opportunity to pounce.

According to Football Insider, the Ibrox outfit have offered the Linfield man a deal as they look to win the race for his signature.

The report claims that Rangers have been very impressed by Allen and are looking to take advantage of the Scottish law that allows 16-year-old’s to sign a professional contract, which is a year earlier than in England.

Allen, who can play in both midfield and as a forward, became Linfield’s youngest-ever player when he made his debut as a 15-year-old.

He is very highly rated at the Belfast club, with academy boss Glenn Ferguson describing him as “one of the brightest prospects” he has coached.

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The Verdict

Allen looks a really bright prospect, given the number of big clubs that are pursuing him at the moment.

Leeds have done a good job of attracting young talent to Elland Road over the last few years and you feel it would be an excellent bit of business if they could land the Linfield man.

That move now looks in danger given the action Rangers have taken and the advantage they have with the differing laws over professional contracts.

It will be interesting to see if this development forces the hand of the Whites or any of the Premier League clubs interested.

Bristol-born, London-based sports journalist at Snack Media. University of Brighton and NA graduate

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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