A deal is agreed to sign highly-rated defender...

Leeds United have agreed a deal to sign highly-rated Manchester United defender Scott Wootton, heading off competition from a number of other clubs keen to recruit the young defender who has played in the UEFA Champions League.

The versatile 21-year-old central defender, who can also play in either full back position, will join on a three–year contract.

Former England youth international Wootton made his first team debut at Manchester United last season after progressing through the Old Trafford Academy.  He also gained valuable Championship experience during loan spells with Nottingham Forest and Peterborough United.

Chairman Salah Nooruddin said: “We’re delighted to agree a deal to bring in Scott. He is a young player who has played on the biggest stage, and who Brian identified as one he was keen to sign, not just for what he brings now, but for the future as well."

United managing director David Haigh said: “The owners and board have said all along that we will support Brian in strengthening the first team squad in order to create a successful and sustainable future for Leeds United. Scott fits the bill perfectly and we welcome him as an exciting addition to the squad that the manager is shaping.”

Brian McDermott said: “I’m delighted to have agreed the signing of Scott Wootton on a three-year deal. He’s a player who has played in the Champions League and someone we feel will develop with us in the coming years.

“I want to say thanks to the owners for doing the deal and bringing another young player to help us go forward.”