Leicester City have moved ahead of Manchester United in the race to sign Dundee United talent Kerr Smith (Sun).

The teenage centre-back played a handful of games under then-Dundee United head coach Micky Mellon last season as his potential was shown. It came off the back of speculation over his future prior to penning a professional contract at Tannadice in 2020, Manchester United one team keen on him.

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Kerr Smith is wanted by Manchester United. (Photo by Mark Scates / SNS Group via Getty Images)

There is a £500k release clause in Smith’s Dundee United deal and an English Premier League side like Manchester United could activate it with ease. But it’s Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City who have moved into pole position.

An offer has been made to Smith as Leicester look set to meet Dundee United’s valuation of the centre-back. It is now down to the teenager to decide whether or not he wants to move south of the border, first-team opportunities at Tannadice likely available under former youth coach and new head coach Thomas Courts.

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