By Danny Wright

4th Sep, 2017 | 12:55pm

Reliable journalist sees Leeds plotting January swoop for striker after deadline day failure

By Danny Wright

Leeds United are set to revive their interest in signing Sheffield Wednesday striker George Hirst in January after missing out on a deal for him on deadline day, according to a reliable journalist.

Yorkshire Evening Post reporter Phil Hay claimed on his personal Twitter account on Monday that the Whites had a “serious” interest in Hirst, 18, but failed to land him before the summer transfer window slammed shut on Thursday night.

The Mirror claimed last week that Leeds were ready to hijack Leicester’s move for the England Under-20 international after the Premier League side launched a £2million bid in the hope of signing him.

It was understood that Sheffield Wednesday were deciding whether or not to cash in one the young forward, but after the clock struck 11pm, he remained on the books at Hillsborough.

Hirst has only two senior appearances to his name for the Owls and while he prefers to play as a striker, he has been shoved out on the left wing when playing for the south Yorkshire side.

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Football Insider Verdict

Leeds’ striker search took them far and wide in the summer transfer window. Jay Roy-Grot, Caleb Ekuban, Pawel Cibicki and Pierre-Michel Lasogga have all been snapped up from clubs across Europe, but it seems that one of Thomas Christiansen’s main targets is just down the road at bitter rivals Sheffield Wednesday. Hirst is a top talent and it’s clear from his displays for the England youth teams that he is destined for big things. It’s a shame that the Owls are yet to play him much and when they have it has been out of his preferred position. Leeds should move in, offer him increased first-team football and a striker role and that could really set the wheels in motion for this deal.

In other Leeds United news, Pontus Jansson has made it clear that the Whites won’t repeat this mistake from the Garry Monk regime.

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