Leeds United are reportedly in the hunt to sign teenage defender Luca Murphy following his departure from National League side Hartlepool United by mutual consent.
According to TEAMtalk, there is huge interest surfacing for the 17-year-old with 12 clubs keen on snappinghim up.
It is understood that the centre-back didn’t have a professional deal with Hartlepool and for financial reasons they have agreed to let him go before the end of the season.
The report details that Premier League teams Manchester United, Tottenham, Newcastle United, Leicester City, Cardiff City and Wolverhampton Wanderers have all shown an interest.
Meanwhile, Leeds, Middlesbrough, Brentford, Sheffield United, Barnsley and Sunderland have also been credited with interest.
Murphy is set to be offered a path into the Football League and is going to spend some time deciding his move.
Leeds can send out a real statement if they manage to win the battle for a highly-rated youngster that is tipped for a big future.
Murphy is a ball-playing centre-back regarded as someone that is confident in possession and good with both feet.
Manager Marcelo Bielsa has shown this season at Elland Road his willingness to promote youth and Leeds’ Under-23s side is a genuine path to the first team.
The Whites should certainly go all out to try add another promising defender to their ranks and it would be quite an achievement to fend off several Premier League teams.
Aaop Halme is a young Leeds centre-back that has had a taste of senior football this season since his move to Yorkshire and Bielsa is not afraid to test inexperienced players.