The national newspaper claim the Premier League club have stolen in to try and win the race for the winger, 16, after Leeds had agreed a deal and invited him to their Thorp Arch training headquarters.
The Scottish Sun report Southampton “have also agreed a fee with Motherwell and are trying to persuade McKinstry to sign” for them ahead of the Championship leaders.
Good move for Leeds?
McKinstry is an exciting winger of immense potential. His pedigree is evident from the fact he has already been on the bench for the Scottish Premiership outfit despite his tender age. The son of ex-Motherwell player John has apparently had hordes of clubs from south of the border watching his youth team games and you don’t get that unless you are potentially something special. Leeds already have a brilliant young wide forward on their books in 18-year-old Jack Clarke, but no Championship club can have too many top young attackers.
This Is Futbol rating 8/10
Likely to happen?
This had appeared to be in the bag for the Yorkshire giants earlier in the week, but now it must be 50-50 at best. Southampton have real clout and financial power, as well as a track record of investing in and developing young talent for their first team. Leeds have done brilliantly themselves in that regard this season, with a number of academy products shining for the seniors, but their bid to land McKinstry is now on a knife edge.
This Is Futbol rating 5/10