Report: Leeds, Newcastle and Middlesbrough plot Tom Bayliss bids

Tom Bayliss of Coventry shoots at goal during the Sky Bet League One match between Burton Albion and Coventry City at Pirelli Stadium on November 17, 2018 in Burton-upon-Trent, United...

Leeds United, Newcastle United and Middlesbrough are all reportedly interested in signing Tom Bayliss this summer.

Tom Bayliss of Coventry shoots at goal during the Sky Bet League One match between Burton Albion and Coventry City at Pirelli Stadium on November 17, 2018 in Burton-upon-Trent, United...

Leeds United and Newcastle United are two of the sides in the running to sign Tom Bayliss from Coventry City this summer, according to a report from the Sunday People (5/5; page 51).

Bayliss is attracting attention after a good year in League One. The 20-year-old - who signed a four-year contract last September - has scored three goals and contributed three assists in 38 appearances for the Sky Blues, who finished eighth in their first season back in the third tier.

 

Despite their problems off the pitch, Coventry have been able to bring through a number of exciting players from their academy in recent years, and Bayliss is clearly the one that is creating a buzz at the moment.

The Sunday People (5/5; page 51) reports that Marcelo Bielsa is interested in bringing him to Elland Road, while Championship rivals Middlesbrough are also interested in the midfielder.

Tom Bayliss of Coventry City and Shandon Baptiste of Oxford United during the Sky Bet League One match between Oxford United and Coventry City at Kassam Stadium on September 9, 2018 in...

And the report suggests that the Magpies and Brighton are also keen on signing the youngster. Unsurprisingly, The Sunday People suggests that Coventry are facing a fight to keep him beyond this summer.

Of course, Coventry's hopes of keeping Bayliss should be boosted by the fact that staying put is likely to provide the starlet with the best chance to play regularly next year. 

Bielsa has handed several young players their chance at Leeds this season, so they may perhaps be the best option available if all four sides put bids on the table and he decides to go. But the likes of Sean Longstaff and Marcus Tavernier have played important roles at Newcastle and Middlesbrough respectively this term, so they certainly cannot be discounted from the race.

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa reacts during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Aston Villa at Elland Road on April 28, 2019 in Leeds, England.

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