£1m Leeds United target was compared to Ashley Cole just last season

Reading's Oliver Norwood and Walsall's Rico Henry in action

Leeds United are reportedly interested in signing Rico Henry from Walsall in the summer transfer window.

Reading's Oliver Norwood and Walsall's Rico Henry in action

According to The Mirror’s Transfer news LIVE blog on Sunday (July 10, 2016), Leeds United are interested in signing Rico Henry from Walsall in the summer transfer window.

It has been reported that new Leeds head coach Garry Monk has identified Henry as a player who can be a good addition to his team.

The 19-year-old is a highly talented young defender who plays as a left-back.

According to the report, Henry could move to Leeds in a £1 million deal, but the switch could depend on the future of current left-back Charlie Taylor.

The 22-year-old defender is reportedly stalling on a new deal amid interest from Premier League-bound Burnley.

Rico Henry of Walsall (L) in action with Robbie Weir of Burton Albion

Henry has been on the books of Walsall his entire professional career and has been praised by many for his talent and potential.

Perhaps the biggest praise ever showered upon the England Under-19 international so far came from his former Walsall manager Dean Smith.

Back in October 2015, Smith, then in charge of Walsall, compared Henry to a young Ashley Cole.

Cole, now 35 and at Los Angeles Galaxy, is one of the greatest left-backs in Premier League history.

The former England international started his professional club football career at Arsenal before moving on to Chelsea, AS Roma and now LA Galaxy.

Ashley Cole - AS Roma

"He fully deserves the award as he's been excellent,” Smith told BBC Sport about Henry in October 2015. “If I were to liken him to anyone it would be a young Ashley Cole. And it's up to him how far he can now go in the game.

"I've recommended him a couple of times to the England Under-19s because, if there's a better left-sided player in the country at 18 years of age, I'd like to see them.

"That's probably me being a little bit biased because I know the kid and what he has to offer. He's got a great desire and a will to win. His attitude and application to everything he does is spot on.”

Smith made the aforementioned comments about Henry following him winning the Football League Young Player of the Month in September 2015.

Since then, the 19-year-old has gone from strength to strength and was included in the PFA League One Team of the Year.

Making the step from League One to the Championship is not easy, but Henry certainly has the potential and the quality.

The left-back is one of the best young players in the lower leagues of England, and Leeds could be making a bargain signing if they get him for £1m.

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