Leeds United have had a bid accepted by Motherwell for exciting 16-year old Sam Campbell according to freelance journalist Nick Mashiter and The Press Association.
The Whites have agreed a fee with the Scottish side along with Liverpool and Brighton as the three sides will battle it out to win the signature of the young centre-back. Campbell is still to decide, with a huge chance to sign with a Premier League side now on his doorstep.
Liverpool, Leeds and Brighton have all had bids accepted for Motherwell's highly rated 16-year-old defender Sam Campbell. #lfc #lufc #bhafc #motherwellfc— Nick Mashiter (@nickmashiter) September 24, 2020
The three clubs he has been presented with can offer different things. Liverpool offer the chance to work with an elite academy at one of the biggest clubs in world football, but with a small and difficult path to reach the first-team level.
Brighton offer a solid academy structure at a team that has been in The Premier League for several seasons now, with Brighton also producing a clear first-team path for players like Ben White and new signing Tariq Lamptey.
Leeds offer Campell the chance to develop at a high-level academy who have also produced many successful names over they years. Since promotion back to The Premier League, the academy has received a boom of young players entering the door at Thorp Arch, with players such as Joe Gelhardt, Sam Greenwood and Crysencio Summerville to name a few arriving this summer.
Crystal Palace are also showing interest, with a fee yet to be agreed between them and Motherwell so far. Meanwhile, ‘Well have offered Campbell a new three-year contract to stay at Fir Park, but will not stand in his way should he decide to move down south.
Coming through the ranks with Stuart McKinstry, Campbell was promoted to ‘Well’s under-18s at the age of just 14, and is expected to grow into an excellent defensive player. It is currently unknown where his preferred destination is, with all three looking to convince him in the coming days and weeks to join their ranks.
This is one to keep an eye on.