Liverpool, Everton and Leeds in three-horse race for Championship wonderkid dubbed ‘next Bellingham’

Harry Watkinson
Queens Park Rangers' Jimmy Dunne and Birmingham City George Hall

Liverpool, Everton and Leeds are set to battle for the signature of Birmingham City wonderkid George Hall, who has made a fantastic start to his career at St. Andrew’s.

The England under-19s international is being monitored by the Premier League trio, after being likened to another former Birmingham star – Jude Bellingham.

Liverpool may have bigger fish to fry in January, but for Everton and Leeds, Hall may represent a viable first-team option, despite the jump from the Championship being a big one.

Hall has made 18 league appearances this season and has a goal and an assist to his name.

His style of play has seen him compared to Bellingham, which is high praise indeed but puts a lot of pressure on the youngster to live up to those expectations.

Birmingham manager John Eustace has previously spoken highly of the star.

He said: “George is a fantastic young player who’s a big player for us and for the team.

“We’ll be looking forward to him coming back. He’s a top young player. But all I want to do is to keep on developing George in the right way, which I think we have done so far.”

However, his bright start has got the three Premier League clubs vying for his signature.

Frank Lampard is believed to be working on a tight budget in January as he looks to avoid another nail-biting relegation battle.

Given the fact Everton have scored the second-least amount of goals in the Premier League this season, Lampard needs someone who can create chances at the top end of the pitch.

A young, dynamic talent like Hall could prove to be a valuable addition for the Toffees, and he would reportedly be a relatively cheap option, according to The Sun

Leeds, on the other hand, had tried to sign the youngster last summer but were put off by Birmingham’s high valuation.

Now, however, the Whites have reportedly re-entered the race for Hall, as reported by TEAMtalk. 

Leeds look set for a midfield revamp in the January window, with Mateusz Klich, who has been at Elland Road since 2017, looking destined for a move to Wayne Rooney’s DC United this winter.

He may be followed out of the club by another midfielder in Adam Forshaw, whose contract expires at the end of the season. As a result, Leeds may look to sell him in January to recoup some transfer funds.

Hall may be an ideal replacement for the two outgoing Leeds players.

As mentioned, the Whites have held a long-term interest in the 18-year-old, and while Birmingham touted a high asking price last season, the failed takeover of the Blues by Paul Richardson and Maxi Lopez could force them to sell Hall to help with their ongoing financial struggles.

As for Liverpool, Hall could be a good signing as a backup to the likes of Harvey Elliot and Fabinho, and also as a long-term investment for the future.

It will be interesting to see where Hall ends up if Birmingham are forced to sell in January.

Living up to Jude Bellingham, however, is going to be one hell of a task.

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