Leeds United are monitoring Dundee United starlet Kerr Smith amid a potential deadline day beating transfer move.
While Marcelo Bielsa’s side have had a fairly quiet summer transfer window thus far in terms of first-team recruitment, they have made some notable signings when it comes to academy level, bringing in the likes of Amari Miller and Kristoffer Klaesson in particular.
Now, The Scottish Sun claim that the Whites have got their eye on 16-year-old centre-back Smith, and are one of several clubs interested in luring the teenager south of the border.
The report adds that Dundee are set to cash in one of their prized assets before the transfer window closes.
Speaking about him earlier this year, Dundee United’s academy chief Andy Goldie said: “Kerr’s not the only one who had interest from down south, he rightly grabbed the headlines, but there were other ones like Lewis.
“They’ve both made the transition from central midfielder to centre-back and that’s coincided with a sharp acceleration in their development and, therefore, in the interest they were gathering with some of the biggest clubs across Europe.”
Despite his age, Smith has already made his debut in the Scottish Premiership for Dundee United, and that’s a real testament to his ability and attitude as well – something his teammate was quick to point out.
Speaking in April, fellow defender Mark Connolly said: “Kerr, who played beside me, was fantastic. He’s 16 years of age and it’s incredible.”
The 6 foot starlet ties right into the kind of impressive youth signings Leeds have made over the last couple of seasons. Fans will surely be buzzing with the kind of fine work the club are doing in securing a very bright future at Elland Road.
If Smith can be added to the likes of Miller and Klaesson this summer, and the likes of Joe Gelhardt, Sam Greenwood and Crysencio Summerville, among others, over the previous one, then it will be a real masterclass from Victor Orta in building a top-rate academy.