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Journalist confirms Leeds United make formal offer for 18-year-old full-back

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Leeds United are battling Hamburg to sign Metz’s teenage full-back William Mikelbrencis to bolster the youth setup.

Despite the need to bring in senior players in the next fortnight, Leeds are also working hard to add to their under-21s side too.

A reported rejected bid has emerged today for Birmingham City’s George Hall, and he isn’t the only player the club want to join youth signings Darko Gyabi and Sonny Perkins.

The defence has needed some reinforcement for some time, Charlie Cresswell move out on loan while Cody Drameh is flirting with the senior squad after his successful Cardiff City loan spell.

L’Equipe journalist Loic Tanzi is now reporting that the club have made a formal approach for Metz defender William Mikelbrencis:

Leeds join German outfit Hamburg in their pursuit of the French 18-year-old, but are unable to guarantee the same first-team minutes that Hamburg can in the 2.Bundesliga.

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Mikelbrencis is a France under-18 international and is currently valued at £1.8million (via Transfermarkt), with three Ligue 2 appearances this season and two clean sheets to his name.

I’m always going to be happy to see us investing in young signings for the under-21s, and I’m no different with Mikelbrencis.

What I do have concerns over is whether this can sometimes get in the way of us conducting business for the senior side.

We can’t say for certain whether it does have an impact on other signings we need to make, but a lot of fans would be frustrated purely seeing this sort of signing when there are other pressing matters to attend to.

Mikebrencis would be a good signing for us, and while I don’t expect him to be a senior option like he would at Hamburg, he will see the pathway for our youngsters, and it’s clear he’s got the chance of Premier League football here.

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