According to The Sun (May 12, page 59), Leeds United are interested in bringing in Luca Connell from Bolton Wanderers.
The move for the 18-year-old should excite Whites fans, but not for the reasons that immediately spring to mind.
Signing the 5 ft 10 ace on a free may take a few years to pay dividends, but if he continues to improve, then it may be quite a coup for the Yorkshire club.
The youngster has impressed at Bolton this season during his 10 league appearances for the club.
He is best deployed as a defensive midfielder, and he seems to be in the mould that Marcelo Bielsa likes. He attempts over three tackles per game and is dribbled past just over once per 90 minutes on average.
He seems to be a hard worker who is defensively sound at the same time, and if the Argentine can tutor him, he may have a player on his hands.
Making a move for the Irishman after just 10 senior appearances may seem risky, but it may prove to be a stroke of genius in the near future.
Leeds fans should be encouraged that the club is sticking with the same transfer policy that saw them almost sign Daniel James for £5 million.
The Swansea winger has now been valued at three times that amount less than six months later, and their policy of scouting youngsters early will bode well for them in years to come.
The Whites made a move for James just six months after he made his debut, and now he is being linked with Manchester United.
The scouting team at Elland Road have an eye for talent, and the potential signing of Bolton’s Connell should excite fans as the club continue to look to unearth gems.