Leeds in hunt to sign non-league ace Ed Williams

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Leeds United are in the hunt to sign non-league ace Ed Williams but face competition from Aston Villa, according to Football Insider.

What’s the word?

Marcelo Bielsa’s side have been flying at the start of the season but suffered a first league defeat at the weekend to Birmingham City, which shows there is still plenty of work for Leeds to do if they are to return to the Premier League.

The Peacocks continue to have their ear to the ground in the transfer market as they seek additions to help their promotion push and have been named by Football Insider as in the hunt to sign non-league sensation Ed Williams.

Aston Villa are also keeping tabs on the midfielder who has scored six goals in seven games for the Kidderminster Harriers so far this term, with both Championship sides said to have sent representatives to scout the 23-year-old.

Derby County and Ipswich Town are also said to hold an interest in Williams, who aditiionally has suitors in League One and League Two.

What can he offer?

His sensational scoring record this season has certainly attracted headlines and Leeds United’s recruitment chief Victor Orta is said to be leading the charge for the 23-year-old, who looks set to be one of the hottest properties in the non-league when the January window opens.

The issue is that Leeds, or any other interested party, will not know if Williams is good enough and if he will be able to settle into the squad and make the jump from non-league to a Championship promotion-chasing side.

If Leeds are desperate not to miss out on his services, then the best course of action may be to sign him in January before loaning him to a lower league side until the end of the campaign.