By Danny Wright

6th Apr, 2018 | 8:20am

'One for the summer' - Heck drops admission about reported Leeds North-East club attacker hunt

Leeds United manager Paul Heckingbottom has admitted that he is not in a position to talk about reported transfer target Josh Hawkes after it was said that the Whites are pursuing the Hartlepool attacker.

The Sunderland Echo reported that Leeds, Newcastle and Sunderland were all keeping tabs on Hawkes, 19, after he broke into the North-East club’s first-team in the National League.

It was understood that the Black Cats had been rejected when they asked to watch the attacking midfielder player in a closed-doors fixture.

Now, Heckingbottom has suggested that the Hawkes rumour should be something to address in the summer, but has hinted that talks are underway with some players.

“He’s not our player, he’s not someone who we’re in a position to talk about, anything like that,” he said, as quoted by LeedsLive.

“It would be one for the summer, while reports are going in on players, we’re speaking about individual players.

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“Until they’re our player or we’re making a move and there’s news to tell you in that respect, it’s pointless us mentioning it because all that’ll happen is you’ll ask me about a player who I’ve probably never even heard of and I tell you that.

“Then the next person I do comment on you’ll think ‘he must be going for him then.’ So it’s easier not to bother.”

Football Insider verdict

Heckingbottom did not do anything to suggest that Leeds are not interested in Hawkes, so judging by his comments, it may be fair to assume that they are interested in signing him. It would not be a surprise because the Whites have already picked up young talent from the non-league this year when Sam Dalby arrived from Leyton Orient in the January transfer window. That suggests that the Yorkshire club does have someone keeping tabs over up and coming prospects in the National League and Hawkes appears to be the latest one to catch their eye.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites needs to re-sign this £60,000-a-week international attacker in the summer as he nears the end of his deal.

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