Leeds United lead race to sign goalscoring prodigy from Bolton

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Talk of Zach Clough switching Bolton Wanderers for Leeds United has resurfaced ahead of the January transfer window, and there’s plenty of reason to believe Whites boss Garry Monk will secure the 21-year-old’s services next month.

The versatile youngster has been the Trotters’ most consistent performer this campaign, as Phil Parkinson’s side look to bounce back to the Championship at the first time of asking.

However, with the North-West outfit still enduring financial problems, there’s every chance they could be tempted to sell their prize asset in January.

For Leeds’ part, the acquisition of a player who has chalked up six goals and as many assists in 20 games this season could be vital as they look to return to the promised land of the Premier League after a 12-year absence.

Lightning fast, skilful on the ball and a natural finisher, Clough is a genuine game-changer, having netted the winner in three League One games already this season.

However, despite his immense impact, the Mancunian maestro could be available for an absolute steal.

Transfermarkt.co.uk estimate Clough’s market value at just £638k, and with Bolton’s financial issues, he could potentially be available for an even smaller fee.

That will surely be music to the ears of Monk, who could well act quickly to get his man before the youngster’s talents attract the attention of the Premier League big boys.

Next up for Leeds is a trip to Brighton & Hove Albion on Friday Night, with the visitors 7/2 to record a first win in six meetings with the high-flying Seagulls.

Meanwhile, the Whites are attractively priced for promotion at 7/1 right now – though those odds could quickly tumble if they can record a third successive Championship win this weekend.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing

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Dave Burin

Dave graduated with an MA in English Literature at Durham University, and worked in marketing before joining the Ladbrokes News team. A Man United fan and avid groundhopper, he’s also an ardent follower of Rugby League. You can usually find him at a ground near you, clutching a big cup of tea.