By Russell Edge
Leeds United failed to secure Sheffield Wednesday attacker George Hirst on transfer deadline day over the summer after being put off by the asking price, according to a journalist.
Phil Hay, the Yorkshire Evening Post’s chief football writer, reported on his personal Twitter account that despite there being strong interest in the 18-year-old forward, the Whites were unwilling to meet the valuation placed on the youngster’s head by the Owls.
Leeds looked at him in August but didn’t like the asking price. A player they like. PL clubs also interested
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) November 14, 2017
Hay has previously backed the Whites to make a move in January but he now claims that there are several top flight sides circling for his signature which could dampen Leeds’ chances of snapping the hot prospect up.
The revelation over Leeds’ refusal to pay up comes just days after the Daily Mail claimed that there have been a breakdown in contract talks between Wednesday and their young forward and that he is set to depart in the summer.
Hirst has made two appearances for the Owls’ senior side across all competitions this season, turning out at left wing despite being a natural striker.
Football Insider verdict
After all the money that Leeds splashed during the summer window, it is ironic that they failed to secure one of the hottest attacking prospects in the league because of the asking price. However, with a delicate contract situation playing out at Hillsborough, the Whites could take advantage in January, if they play their cards right. There are said to be several top flight sides in the hunt but if Thomas Christiansen can convince Hirst of the project he is building at Elland Road, as well as give him a promise of some first team action, then it could be that he could secure his long-term target in January.
In other Leeds United news, a club chief has revealed the board’s patience is wearing thin over their poor form.