Leeds United: Whites monitor Jamaican international

Leeds United will monitor Jamaican international Jason Morrison in the lead up to the transfer window following his strong performance in a behind-closed-doors friendly.

Morrison completed 70 minutes of a reserve-team victory over Newcastle United at Thorp Arch on Monday and is expected to remain with Leeds during the closing stages of December as the club weigh up a possible January deal.

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The 26-year-old took up the offer of trial with Leeds after a spell with Norwegian club Stromsgodset and he was given an opportunity to impress during Monday's friendly, which an experienced Leeds line-up won 4-1.

Morrison is known to former United striker and current academy staff member Bobby Davison, who managed him while in charge of Hungary's Ferencvarosi, and United appear to be seriously interested in a well-travelled player who has featured regularly for Jamaica's national side.

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The club are in the hunt for central midfielders with Bradley Johnson on the transfer list and likely to be sold next month after turning down a final contract offer.

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United have not yet confirmed whether they intend to extend the short-term deal held by Senegalese international Amdy Faye, whose terms expire at the start of January.

Morrison has had links with English football in the past and underwent a trial with Sheffield United in 2006.

Sheffield United sent him to gain experience with Belgian side Royal White Star Woluwe and Ferencvarosi, with whom the Blades had established partnerships, but Morrison was never added to the first-team squad at Bramall Lane.

Leeds were rumoured to have shown an interest in him during the close season but the club have now taken an opportunity to make a detailed assessment of his ability.

The midfielder was one of two trialists included in United's line-up on Monday, alongside Everton right-back Zac Thompson.

Thompson, 17, featured for the last 20 minutes against Newcastle and looks set to remain with Leeds until around the turn of the year.

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