Leeds United striker Mallik Wilks is set to complete a loan move to Grimsby Town on Friday after seeing a switch to Carlisle United fall through, according to a journalist.
The Yorkshire Evening Post’s Phil Hay has claimed on his personal Twitter account that the 19-year-old forward is to finalise his temporary move to the side sitting 16th League Two, with a deal to their fourth tier rivals failing to come off.
Mallik Wilks to Carlisle is off – Grimsby have come in for him and he’s going there on loan instead. Due to be finalised tomorrow. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) January 25, 2018
West Yorkshire Sport claimed on Thursday that talks between Leeds and Carlisle were taking place and that a move for the youngster was close, but it appears that Grimsby have swooped in under their nose to seal a move.
Wilks spent the first half of the season on loan at Accrington Stanley, scoring five times in 25 appearances, while he has just one senior outing for Leeds after coming through their youth ranks.
Football Insider verdict
Well Wilks’ departure this month always seemed likely after his loan spell at Stanley ended but it seemed that a move to Carlisle was a near certainty. Perhaps he is being guaranteed more game time at Grimsby, or maybe there is a fee involved which has convinced Leeds to take their offer, but either way, League Two looks to be his destination. A good move for all parties involved? Absolutely. Wilks needs first team action and the Whites want him to develop into the best player possible, so this is the right decision – so long as Grimsby give him a regular role.
In other Leeds United transfer news, another hot prospect has been confirmed to have made a shock move to a European club.