Leeds United Football Club - United Reject Carson Bid

United Reject Carson Bid

Related Links Scott CarsonLeeds United have re-iterated their desire to keep hold of Scott Carson after today rejecting an offer for the highly rated keeper from a Premiership club.

United are not prepared to name the club involved, but recent media speculation has linked the 19-year-old with both Liverpool and Chelsea.

The Cumbrian born stopper is out of contract in the summer and Leeds began negotiations with him and his representative before Christmas to try and secure his long term future at Elland Road, but their initial offer was rejected.

Leeds have returned though with an improved offer for Scott and are hopeful both sides can come to an agreement.

Speaking for the Leeds United board, Bryan Morris said:

"An offer has been made for Scott Carson by a Premiership side."

"This offer has been turned down and Leeds United is speaking to Scott's agent today in order to offer a new deal for him to remain at the club."

Should Scott turn down the latest offer and choose to leave in the summer, he would not be a Bosman free transfer as that only applies to players over the age of 24. Instead a fee would be set by tribunal.

United boss Kevin Blackwell is desperate to keep hold of Carson, who he sees as a star of the future.

"Scott is having to make a difficult decision at this moment in time," he said.

"I leave contracts to the board but Scott is exactly the sort of player this club should be looking to keep hold of. He can become a great keeper with Leeds United, he does not need to go anywhere because hopefully sooner rather than later we will be back in the Premiership.

"Neil Sullivan's arrival has been great for Scott because he has learnt so much from him and he's still got a lot he can learn. I hope he can continue that because there's no doubt he can be a great keeper."

Carson's advisor is aware of the interest in his player, saying:

"Of course it's flattering for Scott to be linked to such a club as they are at the moment.

"Amongst all the other leading Premiership clubs that have also supposedly expressed interest in Scott - that is flattering.

"And, of course, you have the likes of Wigan who have also had an outstanding season. You have to view each one [club] on its merits," he added to Skysports.Com.

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