Marcelo Bielsa’s scouting team are in the news again, but this time it’s because they have made the trip north to watch Motherwell’s Jake Hastie, as reported by the Daily Record.
The publication claims that Leeds United sent scouts to St. Mirren on Wednesday night to watch the 19-year-old in action during a Scottish Premiership clash that saw Motherwell emerge 2-1 victors.
Those in attendance were gifted with a glorious goal by the rising star, as he cut in from the right wing and beat two men, before unleashing a fierce rocket of a shot into the top corner of the net.
It was Hastie’s fourth goal for Motherwell in what is his breakthrough season, having returned from a loan spell with Alloa Athletic in January – the teenager, who turns 20 next month, netted three in 23 games for the Wasps.
As well as scouts from Leeds, it is claimed that promotion rivals Norwich City and West Bromwich Albion were also in attendance alongside Swansea and Sunderland, who have been alerted to a cut-price deal for the winger as his contract expires in the summer.
Motherwell have been in negotiations to prolong the former Scotland U17 international’s stay at Fir Park beyond the current campaign, but have so far failed to reach an agreement.
Should he leave Motherwell, though, the lucky side to sign the South Lanarkshire-born ace would only have to pay a development fee.