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Is Leeds United’s U-20 World Cup scouting mission the reason behind George Stanger interest?

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Is Leeds United’s U-20 World Cup scouting mission the reason behind George Stanger interest?

Leeds United are reportedly interested in a move for the Hamilton defender.

Leeds United are interested in Hamilton defender George Stanger. According to the Glasgow Evening Times, Leeds United are ‘monitoring’ the progress of the player and are keen on a permanent deal for his services. Of course, no deal could yet be done for the player as the transfer window is closed.

Instead, it seems Stanger is set to be loaned out for regular first-team football but you can bet Leeds will continue to keep him in their sights wherever he is playing his football. 

So could Leeds’ interest in Stanger stem from his participation in this summer’s Under-20 World Cup?

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New Zealand surprised many with their brilliant performances at the competition. In particular, it was the passing style of the young Kiwis that had neutral eyes locked in. 

 

Stanger played in all four of New Zealand’s games at the competition where they were beaten by Colombia on penalties in the second round. 

Leeds United’s head of European recruitment Gabriel Ruiz was at the competition and even confirmed to FIFA.com that some of the New Zealand players had caught his eye. 

It looks as though the 19-year-old Hamilton teen might have been one of them.

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