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A move for Rico Henry would be superb business from Leeds but could Tottenham swoop in?

Swansea manager Garry Monk

Leeds United have been linked with a very talented young player.

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

According to a report from the Mirror, Leeds United are considering a move for Walsall left-back Rico Henry, and if it happens it would be a superb piece of business from the Whites.

The 19-year-old is allegedly seen as a replacement for Charlie Taylor, with the current Leeds’ full-back having an uncertain future as his contract ticks down with no sign of an extension at this stage.

Fans of the club will be desperate for Taylor not to follow Lewis Cook out the door but in Henry they would have a ready-made replacement.

Swansea City manager Garry Monk

In fact, such is Henry’s reputation and talent that a report from the Daily Mail back in December claimed Tottenham Hotspur were continuing to monitor the teenager ahead of a potential bid; and considering Spurs plucked Dele Alli from the lower leagues their scouts clearly have an eye for talent further down the football pyramid.

Henry has only been a first-team player at Walsall for two years, but last season he made 44 appearances in all competitions, scoring three goals and providing four assists in the process.

Leeds United's Charlie Taylor in action with Brentford's Toumani Diagouraga

With a contract that expires in the summer of 2018, this year could be the last where Walsall would be able to demand a decent fee for Henry, and given his talent and his versatility he would be a snip at the alleged price of £1million; even more so when you consider how much Leeds could potentially get for Taylor.

Leeds fans will not want to see arguably their best player leave the club, but if Henry does ultimately replace him, it would ease the blow somewhat.

Then again, one wonders if a move by Leeds could reignite Tottenham’s interest and force them into a bid of their own, at which point Henry could have a big decision to make.

Spurs do not need a new left-back given the presence of Danny Rose and Ben Davies. However they are said to have been tracking Henry for some time, and considering the sheer number of positions he can play - he is also adept on the wing and has been used both in midfield and at centre-back on occasions - Mauricio Pochettino may try to get in ahead of Leeds in due course.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

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