Leeds United face Premier League opposition in hunt for promising EFL talent

Everton are one of the sides set to battle Leeds United in a move for Blackpool’s Anthony Weston, according to a report by Sports Mole via the Sun.

Rangers are also thought to be watching the 16-year-old, who saw £250,000 move to Southampton fall through recently, but he’s still attracting plenty of interest. He’s only appeared once for Neil Critchley’s side, back when Simon Grayson was in charge.

He came on towards the end of their FA Cup tie with Maidstone, but his development is certainly raising pulses at some big clubs. Steven Gerrard believes his SPFL side are ahead in the hunt for the youngster, who is a Scouser himself.

The striker had been in excellent form for the Tangerines’ youth team, netting 14 goals before Grayson involved him in the first-team plans. He has also won numerous academy Player of the Year awards throughout his time at Bloomfield Road.

He may now have a big decision to make, with Leeds having been proven in bringing through exciting young talent in recent years. Everton have the same record, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin a clear example to follow. However former Liverpool Under 23 boss Critchley could help steer him towards another Anfield old-boy in Gerrard.

Our View

The youngster may well have a big decision to make towards the end of the season. Depending on when football resumes, the transfer window could well change, but the fact Weston is keeping scouts on their toes will not.

A move to the Premier League with Everton would seem a good switch, plus as a Liverpool lad he’d be back home, but Leeds have a great record with young players as Kalvin Phillips is a testament too.

Blackpool will be holding out for a good fee, packed with add-ons and clauses, in the event of any switch.


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