By Harvey Byrne
Leeds are ready to hijack Premier League side Leicester in their move for Sheffield Wednesday forward George Hirst, according to a report.
The Mirror have claimed via their website on Wednesday that the Foxes have launched a £2million bid for the 18-year-old English striker.
However, it is stated that Leeds are also trying to push through a deal before Thursday evening’s transfer deadline with Sheffield Wednesday debating whether to cash in on the young starlet.
The Owls themselves have offered Hirst a new contract, but it is claimed that he has so far not agreed to a new deal due to fears that his pathway will be blocked by the amount of strikers in the senior team ahead of him.
If he doesn’t agree a new deal that means he will be available for a small compensation fee next summer and both Leeds and Leicester will surely be waiting in the wings to pounce.
Thomas Christiansen’s side have been linked with a number of strikers since Chris Wood’s sale with the likes of Dwight Gayle and Jordan Hugill mentioned, while Pierre-Michel Lasogga has joined on loan.
Football Insider verdict:
If Leeds are able to hijack Leicester’s bid for Hirst then they could gain themselves a very bright prospect. The teenage striker has bagged goals throughout the England youth system and currently at Under-20s level, which is two years above his age group he has bagged four goals from five outings. He has also already made two senior appearances for Sheffield Wednesday at his young age and if Leeds get a deal for Hirst over the line before Thursday’s transfer deadline then that would surely be the icing on top of a successful transfer window for the club with a mix of youth and experience all joining.
In other Leeds transfer news, Whites fans have reacted on Twitter to a reported enquiry for this 23-goal striker.