The Daily Mail claim that Leeds United are battling Newcastle United in the race to land Manchester City talent Kian Breckin – despite the ‘silky’ teenage midfielder still having four years left to run on his contract at The Etihad.
Having broken into City’s second string on a handful of occasions last season, the 19-year-old has been a regular for the Under-21 side this time around. Indeed, he has played in 24 of City’s 26 Premier League 2 matches this term.
Leeds have a good relationship with City, of course. Last summer, the club sold Kalvin Phillips to the Premier League champions – and bought Darko Gyabi in a separate deal from The Etihad. Now, it looks like Leeds could go back in.
The Whites want to bring in Breckin – son of ex-Wigan and Forest defender Ian Breckin – but a couple of obstacles face them. The first being a sizeable one in the form of Newcastle, and that he will cost a fee, given his contract.
Leeds battling Newcastle in race to land Manchester City talent Breckin
Breckin is clearly a top talent. A player that has come through City’s academy, but joined them from Rotherham in 2015 – another of his Father’s old clubs. However, there is plenty of competition in the club’s reserves right now.
Gyabi, as mentioned, is one of those considered too good for the 21’s – and in that in between stage in getting into the firsts. He might go out on loan this summer. Archie Gray has been involved in both squads under Sam Allardyce.
Lew Bate has returned after an excellent loan at Oxford United. So, Breckin will do well if he does join and becomes a regular in the 21’s, but you would expect him to do so. Relegation might actually help Breckin, if he does arrive.