Leeds United have reportedly joined the race to snap up out-of-contract striker Danny Loader, but Marcelo Bielsa’s Whites aren’t the only ones in pursuit of the 19-year-old, according to the Daily Mail.
The outlet claims that Leeds, Swansea and Crystal Palace are keen on the former Reading youngster – who was said to be close to a move to Wolves last summer – as well as Portuguese side Vitoria de Guimaraes.
The latter signed former Tottenham starlet Marcus Edwards last summer, giving the winger the platform to kick-start his career with regular first-team football, and are hoping they can do the same with Loader.
Loader was handed his debut as a 16-year-old by Jaap Stam back in August 2017 and was given his league debut by Paul Clement at Wigan Athletic the following season.
However, the Under-17 World Cup winner has failed to kick on at the Madejski Stadium, scoring just twice in 35 senior games, and turned down a contract extension to see out the campaign.
That said, Loader has registered 19 goals and six assists in 38 games for Reading’s Under-23’s, and despite limited first-team impact, the youngster still has plenty of potential.
Reading would still be entitled to compensation for Loader because he came through their academy system, which would be considerably lower if he joins a non-English club.
Loader may haven’t had the best of times at Reading but that’s not to say he can’t do it elsewhere – his record at youth level is impressive and, at just 19, he has his whole career ahead of him.
Bielsa is known for giving youth a chance and improving players, so Elland Road wouldn’t be a bad destination for him to kickstart his career.
Given Loader can play out wide or up front, his versatility could appeal to Bielsa as Leeds sit on the edge of glory and a potential top-flight return next season.