Manchester United have made an offer in the region of £10m for Leeds United’s 17-year-old midfielder Fabian Delph according to reports. The deal could also involve Darren Gibson and Rodrigo Possebon going in the opposite direction on a loan deal until the end of the season.
Delph, who has been a regular in the Leeds team this season, has been attracting attention from a number of Premier League clubs and Newcastle United wasted no time tabling a bid, but their £1m offer was rejected rather firmly by Leeds chairman Ken Bates, who is determined to keep hold of such a huge prospect. Bates said in November: “Fabian Delph will be moving to the Barclays Premier League - but we hope he’ll be moving with us via the Championship.”
Arsenal, Portsmouth, Bolton Wanderers and Sunderland have been linked with the England Under-19 star, while while it was reported earlier this week that Fulham had made an official £6m offer for the Bradford-born player.
Yet, United’s bid, which is based on performances and appearances would trump the offer made by Fulham if you take into account the two players going on loan.