Leeds United are hopeful of signing Arsenal youngster Sam Greenwood permanently, according to The Athletic.
Greenwood has made a significant impact for Arsenal at youth level since joining from Sunderland two years ago and had recently been promoted to the U23 squad on a full-time basis.
A player with excellent technique who boasts an impressive goalscoring record for England at youth level, Greenwood helped Arsenal U18s to win the southern section title in his first season at the club and often featured on the right wing.
Last season Greenwood became involved with the U23s and received further opportunities in his preferred central striker position.
It was anticipated that, should Folarin Balogun leave permanently and Tyreece John-Jules go on loan, Greenwood could lead the line for Arsenal U23s this season, but it appears that Steve Bould will now have to look elsewhere, with Luke Plange a possible option.
Greenwood does need to perform with greater consistency but that will surely come with age.
This transfer, if it does take place, also raises concerns about there being too many youngsters in Arsenal’s academy setup, which means some of the best prospects inevitably won’t wait around for long.
Greenwood scored 15 goals in 39 appearances for Arsenal U18s, while he has scored once in seven games for the U23s/U21s.