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Crystal Palace to beat Leeds United and Celtic to six-figure transfer

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Leeds United look set to miss out on Dundee United defender Kerr Smith, with reports of a move to Crystal Palace emerging.

Leeds’ under-23 side has been greatly boosted since promotion thanks to the heavy investment from Andrea Radrizzani, and the brilliant scouting from Victor Orta.

It won’t stop there though, because the side still needs a lot of work and attention to be able to compete with the sides they’re rubbing elbows with right now in the PL2.

Centre-backs could be on the cards and while Leeds have seemingly missed out on James Hill from Fleetwood Town, who is nearing a move to Bournemouth, he isn’t the only reported target.

Dundee United’s Kerr Smith reportedly entered Leeds’ radar back in the summer – as per the Daily Record – after breaking into their first team at just 16-years-old last term.

He has continued to impress this season and with that has come growing interest from elsewhere in the Premier League as well as Celtic.

The 17-year-old is now claimed to be on his way to Premier League rivals Crystal Palace, with a report from the print version of the Express (via the Daily Record) outlining a deal is closing in.

The deal is said to be worth around £250,000 for the teenage centre-back.

That’s another centre-back moving elsewhere, but you can’t blame Smith here because he’s picked a good club to move to.

His move to Palace would have been one on a similar line to ours and it’s a shame we couldn’t get this one over the line.

As I’ve said with Hill’s move to Bournemouth, I would like us to find a centre-back of this ilk because we need more in the under-23s.

These two won’t be the only names on our list, so I’m sure we’ll be onto other targets soon if we are indeed keen to strengthen.

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