By Joe Ellis

8th Sep, 2022 | 4:44pm

Fulham and Leeds United in hunt to sign Aberdeen starlet Lewis Pirie - report

Fulham and Leeds United are the two known Premier League sides in the hunt to sign Aberdeen teenager Lewis Pirie, according to the Daily Record.

The Cottagers and the Whites both sent scouts to Scotland to see the nation’s Under-16 side beat Denmark 4-2 where Pirie was the star performer, winning a penalty and scoring one of his own.

The 16-year-old is also likely to be the main attraction on Saturday when the Scottish Under-16 contingent take on Spain and the two clubs could again have scouts in attendance.

There are plenty more clubs keeping a very watchful eye on Pirie’s progress at Pittodrie but none have come to light as of yet while Fulham and Leeds take the initiative.

Jim Goodwin, Aberdeen manager, is keen to give the teenager and his fellow youngsters the chance to shine for the senior team but it could be tough to do so with the Premier League lurking close by.

Effect of Brexit

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A few years ago, Premier League clubs wouldn’t be looking anywhere near as closely to the domestic talent as they are now and that is all down to Brexit restricting their ability to sign teenagers from Europe and South America.

Brazilian and Argentinian wonderkids were all the rage for the biggest clubs before Brexit came into effect and denied them the chance to sign such talent at extremely young ages so they now have to look much closer to home.

Scotland is being targeted as one of the key markets with Ben Doak leaving Celtic for Liverpool and Rory Wilson heading to Aston Villa from Rangers over the summer.

Some have gone the other way such as Zak Lovelace and Cameron Bell, both of whom are now Rangers players, but they are mostly from clubs lower down the English football pyramid rather than the biggest clubs around.

Pirie could be another who heads for England over a Scotland stay if he keeps dazzling the eyes of the Fulham and Leeds scouts.

In other Fulham news, the Cottagers were considering a summer move for this League Two sensation after his club’s recent relegation from the third tier.