Leeds should use their connections to try and land Matthew Knox as report claims Livingston prospect is Championship-bound

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The Whites have not been named by the report, but if they are in the running, they may have an advantage over their Championship rivals.

Swansea manager Garry MonkLeeds manager Garry Monk

A report in the Daily Record has claimed that Livingston wonderkid Matthew Knox is destined to move to the English Championship this summer, and if that should prove to be the case then Leeds United would be mad not to consider using their connections to land the 16-year-old.

The Record does not name any of the clubs that are interested in signing the highly-rated midfielder - and thus, there is nothing to suggest that he is on United's radar - but does report that Livi are anticipating several bids for the youngster.

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If they are not already, the Whites should definitely be one of the sides considering a move. The Record reports that Knox will cost just £200,000, as well as add-ons and incentives, and that could prove to be a bargain.

The prospect has trained with the likes of Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool so clearly has bags of potential, and has already made seven league appearances for the Scottish League One outfit. 

And if they do want to make a move, they arguably have the ideal connection with Knox's current club to give them an advantage in the battle for his signature.

The current Livingston manager is former Leeds United midfielder David Hopkin, whose three years at Elland Road coincided with the beginning of the club's most successful period since Howard Wilkinson led the Whites to the Division One title in 1992.

David Hopkin scores for Leeds against Sheffield WednesdayDavid Hopkin spent three years at Elland Road

Much of their success during that time was down to the exciting group of youngsters who had either come through the club's system or had arrived - unproven - from elsewhere. 

Though many things have changed drastically since Hopkin left the club in 2000, he may look at the likes of Lewis Cook, Charlie Taylor and Kalvin Phillips coming through and feel confident that a similar structure is in place to the one that brought through so many talented youngsters nearly two decades ago.

David Hopkin, Alan Smith, Jonathan Woodgate LeedsDavid Hopkin alongside two players who began their careers at Leeds, Alan Smith and Jonathan Woodgate

And if the current system does evoke memories of the work that was done during George Graham's and David O'Leary's tenures, then he may well believe that a move to Leeds will give Knox the best chance of developing into the top player he is threatening to be, so may try and persuade him to make the same move that he did 19 years ago, should United end up tabling a bid. 

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