Leeds revive interest in Man City prospect wanted by at least two others

Date published: Wednesday 24th March 2021 3:43 - Samuel Bannister

Taylor Harwood-Bellis is attracting interest from Leeds United and a number of other clubs as he continues to impress in the Championship.

Harwood-Bellis is currently on loan at Blackburn Rovers from Manchester City, where he was under-18s captain last season. After a lack of pathways into the City first team, he headed to Ewood Park in February for the remainder of the season.

The 19-year-old has since made 11 appearances for Blackburn. It has not taken him much time at all to get up to speed.

Even though he remains under contract with City until 2024, Harwood-Bellis is already attracting glances from other clubs. According to the MEN, a number of suitors are lining up for the England under-2o international.

Leeds are among those to be mentioned, having originally considered a move for Harwood-Bellis last summer. They are apparently still monitoring his progress with Rovers.

City are understood to be willing to loan Harwood-Bellis out again next season. The imminent departure of Eric Garcia may lead to more opportunities for him, but he would still be far down the pecking order.

Hence, other clubs could look to benefit from his talents. As well as Leeds, Brighton are interested in offering him a Premier League platform.

There is also interest from Brentford, who are currently in a play-off spot and are pushing for promotion. A move for him would depend on whether they can achieve Premier League status, though.

Further afield, a number of unnamed Bundesliga clubs could offer Harwood-Bellis a pathway in Germany.

Pep Guardiola has liked what he has seen from Harwood-Bellis during previous training sessions and games with City. Hence, it is unlikely he would be willing to lose him on a permanent basis.

But with an established hierarchy at the Etihad Stadium, Harwood-Bellis may struggle for opportunities there. That means another loan spell could see him continue his progress.


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Leeds looking at defenders

Leeds seem fairly well-stocked at the back at present. They invested in Robin Koch and Diego Llorente in the summer, while Liam Cooper remains captain and Pascal Struijk has exceeded expectations this season.

However, this is not the first report to suggest they are looking to beef up that department. For example, there has been a lot of speculation about Nicolas Nkoulou.

Out of contract with Torino in the summer, the experienced defender has worked with Marcelo Bielsa before. That means they could have an advantage over other rivals for his signature.

Interest in Harwood-Bellis suggests they are also considering younger options, though.

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