Exclusive: 6-figure fee will seal Leeds & West Ham defender deal after early talks held

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Leeds United and West Ham have been told they could land rising-star Ipswich Town defender Elkan Baggott for up to £300,000 this month, Football Insider understands.

The Premier League big guns are chasing the signature of the giant centre-back, 18, this month after he rejected the League One club’s offer of a professional contract.

A recruitment source has told Football Insider that Leeds and West Ham have held early talks over a potential deal.

They have been told that it would cost compensation of between £150,000 to £300,000 to seal Baggott’s signature in the current window.

Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa has said he is not in the market for any senior centre-back signings this month after the big-money outlays on Robin Koch and Diego Llorente last summer.

But that does not rule out a relatively inexpensive young defender swoop.

Cash-conscious West Ham have already signed one young defender in this window after completing the capture of 21-year-old Danish centre-back Frederik Alves Ibsen.

Ironically, Ibsen was also on the target list of Leeds before agreeing terms with the Londoners.

Baggott, who is a left-sided centre-back, has already made his Ipswich first-team debut, which came against Gillingham in the EFL Trophy in October.

The teenager has made a name for himself not only with his precocity but also the huge following he has in his native Indonesia.

He has 135,000 followers on social media platform Instagram, a remarkable number an 18-year-old with just one senior appearance under his belt.

Baggott , who was born in Bangkok, has an English father and an Indonesian mother.

He has embraced his latter heritage and has already represented Indonesia at Under-19 level.