Report: Leeds offer ‘fearless’ talent Elland Road switch, heading two PL rivals for deal
Leeds United have offered sought-after Birmingham City prospect Amari Miller a contract, according to Birmingham Live.
The Elland Road outfit have moved swiftly to open talks with the 18-year-old maestro amid building rival interest. Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur are also keen on a deal, with Miller still on scholarship terms at Birmingham.
The Blues presented Miller with a first professional deal at the end of last season in the hopes he would commit to the Championship club. But the youngster is yet to put pen to paper and is now assessing offers to leave his boyhood side.
Miller made his senior Birmingham debut under Lee Bowyer in April and would gain minutes in five of the club’s final six Championship fixtures. The winger also made his first start in a heavily changed line-up against Cardiff and remained in the XI at Blackburn Rovers.
Birmingham consider Miller to be their brightest prospect breaking through from the academy at St Andrew’s. The Second City side had hoped a professional contract would now see him stay and push for a prominent senior role at the club next season.
But Miller could leave instead, with Leeds heading Tottenham and Southampton in the race for his signature. The Whites may later look to send the right-midfielder out on loan, should he accept their offer to join.
TBR’s view: No surprise Leeds want Miller
It is no surprise Leeds are keen to sign Birmingham talent Miller and have moved to edge Southampton and Tottenham. The youngster has begun to get a taste of first-team action, and could be less receptive to a move away only to return to the Under 23s.
Miller knows he can be a senior player if he accepts the offer to stay at Birmingham. Yet the allure of testing himself in the Premier League could work in Leeds’ favour. And in doing so, Victor Orta can add an exciting young player to Marcelo Bielsa’s ranks.
Bowyer lauded Miller in April following his first set of cameo appearances in the Championship. The Birmingham boss then put his comments into practice and Miller looked dangerous against Cardiff and stuck to his task out of possession at Blackburn.
“[He adds] Goals, assists [and] pace,” Bowyer said, via Birmingham Live. “He’s at that age where he is fearless. When he came on against Stoke, he got himself into an area and wasn’t afraid to go at the defender. I think he will be a good player.”