Leeds United have missed out on the signing of defender Ashton Hall, who has chosen to join Sheffield United instead, according to Vital Leeds.
The Whites are looking for defensive options in light of the sale of Pontus Jansson to Brentford earlier in the week, and while the Matlock Town ace would only have been utilised in the age group teams initially, it does not bode well that they missed out to their Yorkshire rivals.
The Championship side are currently left with just Liam Cooper, Gaetano Berardi and Luke Ayling who can play in the heart of their defence, so while the non-league ace would have been part of the development squad, there could have been a first-team slot available for him had he made the move to Elland Road.
Marcelo Bielsa is not just a man for the here and now, the Leeds boss also has one eye on the future too and he would have wanted Hall to sign and become a star for the Yorkshire outfit going forward.
The 18-year-old underwent a trial with the Whites back in February, but was not offered an immediate contract and has now chosen to take a shot at the Premier League with new boys Sheffield United, who announced his addition at Bramall Lane earlier in the week.
Hall is extremely well thought of, to the extent that he was made captain at Matlock despite his youthful age. His performances at non-league level and his attributes attracted the attention of the Yorkshire pair.
Although the defender impressed during his trial with the Championship promotion hopefuls, Leeds have not been able to tie him down and will have to look elsewhere in order to bolster their options, both for the present time and the future, as they set about another strong challenge to finally end their Whites’ Premier League exile.