Rangers manager Michael Beale has told Wednesday’s press conference – as per STV’s YouTube – that defender Leon King will be signing a new contract at Ibrox amid reports that Leeds United were among the clubs showing interest.

King, 18, has broken into the Rangers side on a regular basis this season. Having only managed seven senior outings last season, the defender has clocked up 20 appearances this time around. Even playing in the Champions League.

Fabrizio Romano reported in October that Leeds are interested in King – scouting the Rangers defender. They are not alone in sending scouts to watch him. Manchester United and Newcastle spotters have also watched him in action.

But Beale has now told his presser that King will be signing a new deal at Ibrox. He says that there will be news on King’s contract in the next couple of days, ending any chance Leeds have of bringing King to Elland Road in January.

“Yeah there’s positive signs with that [King deal], I think you’ll hear something in the next couple of days and one other player signing new deals, which is really important for the club,” Beale told his press conference, as per outlet STV.

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Rangers defender King will sign new contract amid Leeds scout reports

Whether or not Leeds were going to make a move to sign King remains to be seen. But, they were clearly interested in the Rangers star. The Ibrox club have moved swiftly to deter any interest Leeds, or other clubs, might have had in him.

What it does show is that Victor Orta is continually looking to add young players to the side not only to improve Leeds right now – but in the future. Another Leeds target, Ryan Kent, is out of contract at Ibrox at the end of the season.

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