Rangers defender Leon King could leave Ibrox when his contract expires at the end of the season, according to reports in the UK.
The 17-year-old is being watched by the likes of Manchester United and Newcastle and due to cross-border rules, the two Premier League teams would only have to pay £250,000 in compensation for the centre-back.
King has made two senior appearances for the Gers; the last of which was in May, when he came on for the last few minutes of the 3-0 win against Livingston. After the game, manager Steven Gerrard praised the youngster:
“Leon has been superb in training. The biggest compliment I can pay him for his age and where he is at is he hasn’t looked out of place in training, so that wasn’t a sentimental substitution tonight – he has earned it by training really well among his peers at first-team level.”
It remains to be seen where the teenager features in new boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s first-team plans. If King doesn’t see any progress in terms of playing time, he may well decide on moving down south.
Clubs from England will be able to start talks in January, with King possibly signing a pre-contract agreement with another team before the campaign ends.