Leeds United’s hopes of signing 17-year-old midfielder George Hall from Birmingham City have seemingly been dealt a setback.
That’s after the Championship club confirmed that the teenager has put pen to paper on his first professional contract at St Andrew’s.
Although he has yet to make his senior debut for Birmingham, it seems Hall is already starting to catch the eye.
The midfielder has been a regular for the Blues at both Under 18 and Under 23s level, and also made his England Under 18 debut.
That had led to reports that Leeds, along with fellow Premier League sides Southampton, Brighton and Newcastle, were monitoring the teenager’s progress.
However, the Whites’ chances of completing a deal now appear to have dropped, after Birmingham announced that Hall has signed a professional contract with the club.
That deal means Birmingham are now in a strong position to respond to any offers in the midfielder, potentially frustrating Leeds and others in their pursuit of a deal for the teenager.
This may well be disappointing from a Leeds United perspective.
Given the rapid progress that he has made a youth level, Hall certainly looks to be a player who has the potential to be a big asset in the future.
That would have made him appealing for Leeds, given they do have a history of bringing in players of his ilk, and guiding them through to first-team level.
However, this contract announce means it will be hard for that to happen anytime soon, so Leeds may have to turn their attentions to other options, if they are to bring in any young players in the near future.