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Leon Bailey joins English agency USM in a move which could boost Premier League transfer hopes

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Leon Bailey has put his Premier League suitors on alert by teaming up with English management company Unique Sports Management.

Bayer Leverkusen star Bailey will now be represented by his father Craig Butler’s Phoenix Sports Management and the leading Hertfordshire-based agency, joining their list of clients that includes the likes of Manchester United‘s Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Chelsea‘s Reece James, West Ham talisman Michail Antonio and Newcastle’s star striker Callum Wilson.

Bailey becomes the latest eye-catching addition to the roster of USM who, as reported by Sportsmail this month, also snapped up former England defender Sol Campbell in a bid to help him further his managerial career.

Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey (right) is now represented by Unique Sport Management

Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey (right) is now represented by Unique Sport Management

USM’s partnership with Bailey and Butler comes at a time when Premier League clubs have reignited their interest in the 23-year-old and could boost his prospects of a move to England.

As also reported by Sportsmail this month, Manchester United, Tottenham, Everton and Arsenal have all run the rule over the in-form Bailey this season.

The Jamaica winger has scored nine goals and set up seven more in just 19 appearances for Leverkusen, inspiring his club to second place in the Bundesliga and top spot in their Europa League group to reach the knockout stages.

Bailey has also been linked with Chelsea and Manchester City in the past, while Leeds had an offer for him rejected in the summer.

As part of the tie-up USM will also work with Butler’s Phoenix All Stars Academy, the football school where Bailey’s talents were first developed. 

Leverkusen have enjoyed an impressive campaign so far and sit second in the Bundesliga

Leverkusen have enjoyed an impressive campaign so far and sit second in the Bundesliga

Manchester United right back Aaron Wan-Bissaka (left) is also represented by USM

Manchester United right back Aaron Wan-Bissaka (left) is also represented by USM

The Jamaica-based academy is home to some of the Caribbean’s best talent and USM aim to help those coming through further their careers across Europe.

USM’s Mike Appiason said: ‘Leon is a fantastic player with an even better story.

‘He is having a fantastic season so far as are Leverkusen. No doubt he will have many takers but for now his focus remains solely on helping Leverkusen finish the season as strongly as possible.’

Butler said: ‘Collaborations are the order of the day to maximise opportunities. Having an honest, hardworking and experienced team in England is key to our long-term plan for Leon and the plethora of super-talented players we have coming through the Phoenix All Stars Football Academy from all over the Caribbean so we chose to partner with Mike and his team at USM.’

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