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Leeds out to ruin Antonio Conte plan by plotting £10m approach for Championship midfielder

Alex Scott, Bristol City midfielder, warming up before the Sky Bet Championship match between Millwall and Bristol City at The Den

Leeds United are reportedly prepping a £10m move to sign Bristol City’s teenage star Alex Scott – but face strong competition from Premier League rivals Tottenham.

The 18-year-old star has been making ways for the Robins this season, having featured in 36 games. And that form – which has seen him score four goals and weigh in with two assists – has seen scouts flock to Ashton Gate.

Now, according to the Sunday Mirror, Leeds and Tottenham both had scouts in attendance during Brisol City’s 1-0 win at Stoke on Good Friday.

The youngster operates as a No 10, or creative midfielder. That said, the star has shown his versatility lately with boss Nigel Pearson utilising Scott in the wing-back position.

He’s also shown his tenacity in the tackle too, picking up 10 cautions this season as well.

Scott is contracted to Ashton Gate until summer 2025 and, for obvious reasons, is rated extremely highly by the Championship club.

Indeed, they reportedly value him at around the £10m – a fee which is unlikely to scare off his Premier League admirers.

The paper claims that chase is being headed by Leeds, who are planning a £10m offer to prise him to Elland Road.

Jesse Marsch’s side still face a battle to retain their Premier League status. Next up, they face a crucial clash at Crystal Palace on Monday. However, they do retain a cushion over their rivals at the bottom. That’s after a return of 10 points from their last four games.

Leeds making summer transfer plans

As such, plans are beginning to take shape over their summer transfer targets.

They seemingly see Scott as a solid addition to their midfield options. They have been depleted this season through the long-term absence of Kalvin Phillips.

The England man, however, looks likely to start at Selhurst Park, especially in light of a new injury sustained by Adam Forshaw.

However, Scott also has admirers in the form of Tottenham.

Antonio Conte is also keen on the teenage star, having also deployed scouts to make regular checks on his progress.

Given the nickname the ‘Guernsey Grealish’, he’s also been touted as a target for Everton and West Ham.

Bristol City may need to sell Alex Scott

Cit, though, do hold all the aces. Having tied him to a four-year deal last August, they may need to sell. That’s as they look to comply with EFL profit and sustainability rules.

Furthermore, Pearson has a limited transfer budget this summer and may need to wheel and deal to strengthen his squad.

As such, the paper reckons Bristol City face a tough battle to retain Scott’s services.

In the meantime, Pearson is gearing his side up for a strong finish to the season.

Speaking before Saturday’s win at Derby, he said: “Last weekend was very disappointing to confirm their relegation. But I think they have been excellent this season in terms of how the players and staff have dealt with their own predicament.

“You never know how a situation like that will impact the response from them. I’m expecting a tough game. The game we won at our place was very tight.”

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