The Belfast Telegraph has claimed that Leeds United and Nottingham Forest are set to complete the signings of Linfield youngsters Charlie Allen and Dale Taylor respectively – as manager David Healy agrees to sanction both deals.
Allen, 16, has already clocked up three senior appearances for Linfield and was even in a 25-man Champions League qualifying squad to take on Rosenborg. Leeds were just one of a number of sides interested in Allen.
Indeed, some of the Premier League’s biggest clubs wanted the five-time Northern Ireland Under-17 international. Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea, Spurs and Rangers were all keen on Allen, but it appears Leeds have won the race.
Meanwhile, Forest are also set to agree a move to raid Linfield for another 16-year-old talent in Taylor. Forest have seen off competition for the teenage striker, beating bitter rivals Derby and Premier League giants Leicester City for his signature.
Moves for both talented strikers are expected to be finalised in the coming months, but an agreement has been made between Leeds and Linfield for Allen – and Forest and the Northern Irish side for Taylor.
The global health crisis has prevented Leeds from ending their 16-year search for promotion to the Premier League, though they remain top while Forest are in the play-off places. There is hope the Championship campaign will resume, when safe.