Leeds should turn to Dundee United youngster John Souttar if Sol Bamba leaves Elland Road

Elland Road pitchside

The 19-year-old is out of contract in the summer, so may be the perfect option.

With Leeds United captain Sol Bamba being linked with a move away from Elland Road during this window (via Daily Star), Steve Evans may want to look at one of the brightest prospects in Scotland as the 31-year-old's potential replacement. 

The Star reported that Bamba is attracting interest from Premier League pair Newcastle and Sunderland, and United's owner Massimo Cellino is reportedly willing to let the defender move on. 

With Giuseppe Bellusci and Liam Cooper forming a decent partnership in recent weeks, Evans arguably does not need to find a replacement for Bamba who is necessarily ready to hit the ground running in the first-team, and thus, Dundee United prospect John Souttar would be the perfect long-term solution. 

Souttar is unquestionably one of the most exciting youngsters coming through in the Scottish game currently. He is already a regular in the Tangerines' side, and could well be available for a fraction of the price that a player with his potential should normally command.

The Scotland under-21 international is no stranger to Evans either, as the Daily Mail reported that when the Leeds boss was in charge at their Championship rivals Rotherham, he personally scouted the defender, so he will undoubtedly be aware of what he could be capable of once he realises his enormous potential. 

The Daily Record reports that the 19-year-old is out of contract with the Scottish Premiership side in the summer, and with their relegation looking more than likely this term, it will be difficult to imagine that he will wish to stay at Tannadice beyond this season.

The Record reports that Hearts had made an offer that was significantly lower than £100,000 for the youngster. And while that bid was turned down by United, it seems unlikely that Mixu Paatelainen's side will be holding out for a sum that prices Leeds out of the market, given his contract situation.

If Bamba was to leave Elland Road during this window, Leeds are in desperate need of bolstering their ranks with Scott Wootton being the only senior option that will provide cover for Bellusci and Cooper.

And as they are unlikely to be able to land such a talent for such a potentially small fee, Evans would be making a big mistake if he did not attempt to sign the prospect before someone else swoops in. 

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