According to TEAMtalk sources, Leeds United are facing an uphill struggle against “a clutch of Premier League clubs” with their interest in young Heart of Midlothian midfielder Harry Cochrane.

Leeds United have long been known as one of the most productive Academy systems in English football. Coming from their youth system have been the likes of James Milner, Danny Rose and Fabian Delph – all three currently playing in the Premier League.

More recently Sam Byram and Charlie Taylor have followed those three to English football’s top-tier and are turning out for West Ham and Burnley respectively. Already the Whites have young Academy graduates Kalvin Phillips and Ronaldo Vieira anchoring midfield, with players like Tyler Denton and Lewie Coyle also having made the breakthrough to the first-team.

However, TEAMtalk say that their sources have told them that “Everton are heading the chase for his signature and could make a move to bring him to Goodison,” this happening before the January transfer window closes.

Despite only being 16, not hitting 17 until April 24 this year, the youngster is already a regular in the Heart of Midlothian first team. The Scotland Under-17 international has 10 Premiership appearances under his belt and has scored once this season. That goal was part of a 4-0 demolition of Celtic, with Hearts inflicting the Bhoys first defeat in 69 games.

Leeds United were linked with the Hearts midfielder last year, but it seems that interest could be negated by the lure of the Premier League.

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