Dundee United manager reacts to claims Leeds want Scott Banks

Leeds fans show their support prior to the Sky Bet Championship Play-off semi final second leg match between Leeds United and Derby County at Elland Road on May 15, 2019 in Leeds, England.

Leeds United and Premier League trio Manchester City, Southampton and Crystal Palace all reportedly want midfielder Scott Banks.

Leeds fans show their support prior to the Sky Bet Championship Play-off semi final second leg match between Leeds United and Derby County at Elland Road on May 15, 2019 in Leeds, England.

Dundee United manager Robbie Neilson admits he’s not surprised to see young midfielder Scott Banks linked with a move away from the club amid alleged interest from Leeds United and Crystal Palace, while speaking to the Courier.

At the age of just 17, speculation is rife surrounding the future of a player who has already established himself at the heart of the Tangerines’ engine room.

According to the Daily Record, Crystal Palace have offered £400,000 for the teenager, who has also caught the eye of Leeds, Southampton and even Premier League champions Manchester City.

 

Not that rumours about Banks’ future have left Neilson taken aback.

“I would be surprised if there wasn’t interest in quite a few young boys. Whether that report (about Banks) is true I don’t know as I haven’t heard anything about it,” said the former Hearts and MK Dons boss.

Milton Keynes Dons manager Robbie Neilson looks on during the Sky Bet League One match between Northampton Town and Milton Keynes Dons at Sixfields on January 20, 2018 in Northampton,...

Southampton scouted Banks, Dundee United’s reigning Academy Player of the Year, as he produced a Man of the Match performance in a 3-0 thrashing of Cowdenbeath in July’s Betfred Cup clash, according to the Sun.

And given that Ralph Hasenhuttl has a fine record when it comes to blooding young talent, think Timo Werner, Yan Valery and Naby Keita, St Mary’s could be the perfect platform for Banks to shine.

Though you could say the same about Leeds United coach Marcelo Bielsa. And Pep Guardiola for that matter.

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