According to an article from Mail Online, Leeds United are “stepping up their efforts” to land talented Carlisle winger Liam McCarron. The Whites were linked to him by the same source early this week, something we wrote about here on The72.

Last week the Mail Online said that Leeds were in a four-way tug-o-war with Wolves, Derby County and Sheffield United over the talented youngster. Now, however, the West Yorkshire club are looking to steal a march on the trio with a £250,000 bid.

The article says that this early offer is one where the Whites “are hoping to fend off rival interest” as they are “keen to conclude some early business, and add the 18-year-old to their ranks before pre-season.

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It is always going to be difficult to head off the lure of Premier League sides such as Wolves and Sheffield United but Leeds are hoping that their trump card is one linked to the possibility of more game time.

McCarron, who made 17 Sky Bet League Two appearances last season for the Brunton Park outfit would definitely fit the bill as to what Leeds United would be looking for.

Aside from the outlay, which is within their means by some measure, Leeds can also offer a youngster such as McCarron much more than signing for such a prestigious club as they undoubtedly are.

The Whites youngsters were highly successful last season, with both the Under-18s and Under-23s winning silverware. It would likely be to Carlos Corberan’s Under-23 side that McCarron would be signed to – they were Professional Development League National champions last season.

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Additional to this, Leeds also have a reputation for being fearless when it comes to promoting and playing young players, evidence of that being the progress made by Jamie Shackleton and Jack Clarke who both featured extensively for the first team last season.

That involvement is unlikely to stop next season, it would be an exciting pull for any youngster wishing to set himself goals on joining a new club. It wouldn’t be something solely that Leeds United could offer, but there is a definite precedence that they’ve set.