Leeds United are submitting an improved offer for Wigan Athletic forward Sean McGurk as they look to sign another rising star, Football Insider can reveal.

The newly-promoted Premier League club completed the captures of 18-year-old pair Joe Gelhardt and Cody Drameh from Wigan and Fulham.

Now United are keen to push through the signing of McGurk, a 17-year-old winger who is also attacking interest from Tottenham.

A recruitment source has told Football Insider that Leeds’ opening offer for McGurk of £30,000 was knocked back by Wigan.

The Yorkshire giants are expected to make a new formal move to swing the deal following the cash-strapped Lancashire outfit’s administration.

Leeds announced the signing from Wigan of striker Gelhardt last Monday after, as first revealed by Football Insider, he penned a four-year deal that afternoon.

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They followed up with the capture of defender Drameh at the end of a busy week of transfer action.

Leeds have signed five players this window, although three were previously at the club on loan – Jack Harrison, Illan Meslier and Helder Costa – while Gelhardt and Drameh may start in the Under-23s set-up.


McGurk is a versatile youngster able to play in a variety of positions across the forward line.

He scored nine goals in the first half of last season for Wigan’s age-group sides and was a key player as they were crowned Under-18 Professional Development League North Champions.

In other news, Leeds United have submitted a formal bid for another rising star as they plot latest signing.