Man United and Newcastle United are both looking to snap up Rangers starlet Leon King, according to Football Insider.
King is highly thought of at Ibrox, with the Gers fending off competition from big clubs when the teenager signed a professional deal in March 2020.
He went on to make his Rangers first-team debut last season under Steven Gerrard, appearing first in the League Cup and then in the Premiership.
The centre-back spent the opening months of the current campaign in the B team before picking up an injury that sidelined him for several weeks.
He impressed on his return to action in a Lowland League match against Broomhill last weekend, though, before featuring in a UEFA Youth League win in Bulgaria on Wednesday and making the bench for Gio van Bronckhorst’s first game in charge of the senior team against Sparta Prague on Thursday.
However, Football Insider report that there’s uncertainty regarding the 17-year-old’s future at the club, after Premier League sides clocked that his current deal is up at the end of the season.
They report that both Man United and Newcastle are keen on opening pre-contract talks with King in January and it’s suggested that the Gers may only receive around £250,000 in compensation if he opts to leave.
Man United and Newcastle reportedly keen on Rangers starlet
Rangers have invested a lot in their youth system in recent years and it would be a major blow to lose King for such a minor fee before he has made any tangible contribution at first-team level.
However, a situation like this did always look to be on the cards given that he could only be convinced to sign a two-year deal in 2020.
The length of the contract ensured that the Gers weren’t going to be in a strong position if big clubs came knocking again and now King could follow in the footsteps of Billy Gilmour by heading down south.
The fact that King is a bluenose will give hope to supporters but if Rangers are to hold onto him, Gio van Bronckhorst may have to convince him that he’ll be playing regular first-team football sooner rather than later.
Meanwhile, a big chance beckons for a fringe man against Livingston after an Ibrox injury blow was confirmed.
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