Leeds United have been linked with Motherwell winger Jake Hastie in recent weeks as a host of clubs clamber for his signature.
Hastie is out of contract at the end of this season and Leeds are among the sides who have watched him in action, as per The Daily Record.
But the Whites’ hopes of landing Hastie appeared to take a major hit when The Scottish Sun reported that he was set to sign a long-term deal with Rangers.
However, the latest reports indicate that Rangers are having second thoughts. According to The Evening Times, Rangers have dropped out of the race.
This should prompt Leeds into action and hand them the initiative in this race, although they still face competition from other English clubs and MLS side Atlanta United.
Hastie is worth a gamble, especially as he will be available for a cut-price compensation fee when his Motherwell deal runs out.
The 20-year-old spent the first half of the season in the Scottish second tier at Alloa Athletic but has been a sensation since his return.
With six goals in 11 games from the wing, Hastie is proving why he is one of the hottest prospects in Scottish football.
Leeds should take advantage of Rangers’ hesitance and press ahead in their efforts to sign the Scotland under-21 starlet, who could be a key player in the future.