By Wayne Veysey
Marcelo Bielsa has given the green light for Leeds United to permanently sell home-grown star Mallik Wilks, Football Insider has learned.
The Argentine has decided to sanction to sale of Wilks despite his outstanding form on loan at Doncaster Rovers last season, where he played predominantly as a left-sided forward and scored 16 goals and provided 12 assists from 55 appearances.
A Leeds source has told Football Insider the club have fielded bids for the 20-year-old from Championship rivals Barnsley and Hull City, and he is now weighing up where to go.
Football Insider broke the news last week that Barnsley were working on a double raid to sign Leeds youngsters Wilks and Aapo Hame.
The newly-promoted Championship club subsequently signed Finnish centre-back Halme, for around £500,000, in a deal announced on Wednesday.
They are eager to add Wilks to their squad and manager Daniel Stendel has subsequently corroborated his club’s interest and hailed the versatile forward as a “very good player” who caused his side problems while at Doncaster last season.
New Hull boss Grant McCann was in charge at Doncaster during Wilks’ loan and is well placed to win the race for the forward, who can play anywhere across the front line.
He signed a new Leeds contract at the start of the year that runs until the summer of 2022.
In the latest Leeds United news, it can be REVEALED that a £6million-valued Elland Road ace has been given 11 days to find a new club.