Leeds join race for young Sunderland midfielder

Jo Harrison

Leeds United are reportedly the latest side interested in signing Sunderland youngster Daniel Neil, according to Football Insider.

Neil has yet to feature for the Sunderland first team, but was a regular in their U23 side before lockdown and is attracting a number of Premier League clubs.

Neil is the latest on a long line of promising youngsters to come out of Wearside in the last few years as the academy remains one of the brightest aspects of a club that finds itself stuck in the third division for a third season.

Described as a goalscoring midfielder, Neil made 13 appearances for Sunderland’s U23 side in last season’s Premier League 2 or ‘Professional Development League.’

It is believed that he would cost the Whites a six-figure sum to lure him away from Sunderland.

The Black Cats most notably lost Josh Maja to Bordeaux in January 2019, but they have also seen Sam Greenwood, Balu Mumba, Luca Stephenson, Logan Pye and Joe Hugill depart the club.

Leeds have been linked with a host of names since promotion to the Premier League was confirmed on Friday, including the likes of Edinson Cavani.

If Leeds were to land the signature of Neil, it would be a low-key signing compared to some of the players being mentioned, but could be a smart piece of business and one for the future. Neil would most likely slot into Leeds’ highly successful U23 set-up.