Motherwell have agreed a deal with Championship Leeds United for the sale of talented winger Stuart McKinstry, according to The Scottish Sun.

The 16-year-old has not yet made his bow for the Scottish Premiership side, but has been included on the bench this season.

Leeds are thought to be paying £150,000 up front for McKinstry, although that could rise as high as £400,000 should he break into the first team at Elland Road.

They beat off competition from Southampton to secure his signature.

While the wide man is unproven at senior level, he is thought to be one of Scotland’s most promising youngsters and has featured for his national side at under-17 level as recently as this month.

McKinstry will not make the switch south of the border until the summer, which means he is available for selection for Motherwell until the end of the season.

The Fir Park side currently sit comfortably in mid-table following their 2-1 triumph away at St Mirren this weekend.

As for Leeds, they are gunning for promotion from England’s second tier and continued their push with a 2-1 victory of their own at home to Swansea City in midweek.

The Whites are in what appears to be a four-way battle for the top two spots which would guarantee Premier League football in 2019-20, but face stiff competition from Norwich City, Sheffield United and West Bromwich Albion.

Manager Marcelo Bielsa has overseen a transformation in the Whites’ style of play this term, with a sharper focus on attractive passing football.

However, Leeds have a tough run of fixtures ahead of them and will face off against West Brom, Sheffield United and in-form Bristol City over the next month.

It could prove to be a defining period for the team and Bielsa, as they look to bring top-flight football back to the city for the first time since their shock relegation in 2004.


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