According to the Daily Record transfer timeline (11:13), Leeds United are snapping up rated Scottish teenager Stuart McKinstry from SPL side Motherwell.

The 16-year-old, who the Daily Record say will join the Whites “in a deal that could eventually land the Fir Park club up to £400,000,” signed his first professional at Motherwell only this summer.

It is a deal that was destined to run until June 2020, until Leeds United stepped in with their interest. Now, according to this report, the young Scot will be making his way south of the border and into English football.

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The article says that “Leeds have made their move and are set to take McKinstry south this week for talks and to show him the Elland Road set-up.” Capturing the highly thought of youngster continues a trend for Leeds of bringing in youngsters of some repute, more so from within the domestic football scene.

McKinstry, who was named on the bench for Motherwell’s 1-0 defeat against Kilmarnock recently, is described on the Motherwell website as a “tricky winger combines pace, with a direct approach and threat in front of goal.”

That threat looks likely to start from Carlos Corberan’s Development squad set-up at Thorp Arch. Here he will join Leeds United’s other rated youngsters, youngsters who are performing well in the Professional development League 2.

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McKinstry will be gladdened by the prospects at Leeds United, especially with so many young players being filtered through into the first-team of late. Youngsters such as Jack Clark and Jamie Shackleton are regulars this season for the first team at Elland Road.


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