Rangers linked starlet Charlie Allen has officially joined Leeds United on a three-year deal from NIFL Premiership club Linfield.
Back in October 2019, the Express claimed Rangers and multiple Premier League clubs were chasing the young forward who was impressing across the Irish Sea.
Allen was Belfast club Linfield’s youngest ever player when he made his debut aged just 15, and he scored in a County Antrim Shield penalty shootout against rivals Cliftonville just a few months later.
The wonderkid went on to make three Premiership appearances across the curtailed 2019/20 campaign but has now been snapped up by Premier League newcomers Leeds United.
Club insider Four Lads Had a Dream insisted reports in the Express, the Belfast Telegraph and Belfast Live linking the Gers with Allen were misguided, but the Whites have undoubtedly picked up a talented young player.
Regarding reports that Rangers have missed out on Linfield player Charlie Allen, Rangers were never in for the player & have had no interest since Ross Wilson took over at the club
Talk that we were snubbed or missed out isn’t true
Not on our summer target list
— Four Lads Had a Dream (@4ladshadadream) May 15, 2020
Leeds have opted not to disclose the transfer fee but announced on Tuesday that the Northern Ireland youth international has signed until 2023 and will initially join the U18 squad.
📰 #LUFC are pleased to announce the signing of Charlie Allen from Linfield on a three year deal
— Leeds United (@LUFC) August 11, 2020
Allen isn’t the only exciting young Northern Irish prospect who will be hoping to make his mark at a new club this season, though.
Rangers snapped up 16-year-old attacker Charlie Lindsay from Glentoran in April after he won Player of the Tournament at the prestigious Alkass Cup in Qatar whilst playing for the Gers as a guest.