Leeds United believe they can beat the likes of Liverpool to teenager Charlie Allen, according to reports. The Northern Irishman is in high demand.
The Yorkshire Evening Post makes the claim. They say that a whole host of clubs want Allen, who broke onto the scene this season as a 15-year-old.
Now 16, Allen appears set to leave Linfield for Britain – he just needs to pick where.
And the choice is vast. Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City, Rangers and Liverpool all supposedly want Allen. Despite that, he may join a Championship club.
Because Leeds apparently believe that they can beat all of those clubs to Allen. They feel their chances are good and once the economic situation is clearer, they can make a move.
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What RTK has to say
We have absolutely no doubt that Liverpool have interest in Allen. It’s clear that the Reds are looking to bulk up their future, having signed the likes of Sep van den Berg and Harvey Elliott last year.
In truth, Anfield may be too much of a step up for Allen, though. Jumping from Linfield and Northern Irish football isn’t the same as Elliott moving at the same age from Premier League Fulham, for instance.
And so Leeds do make more sense for Allen. They can offer him a better place in their system and even possibly Premier League football on top.
This might just be a case of Liverpool simply not being the logical next step for once.