By Harvey Byrne
Newcastle are interested in Sheffield Wednesday youngster George Hirst, who Leicester have had a seven-figure bid rejected for, according to a report.
The Daily Mail has claimed on their website that the 18-year-old is attracting a number of top-flight clubs with the Magpies, Everton, Manchester United and Arsenal all named in the report.
However, it is the Foxes who have pushed forward in their interest and it is said that the 2016 Premier League champions have had a £1million bid rejected.
The teenager is reported to be considered one of the best emerging youngsters in England and the Championship side are desperate to keep hold of the England Under-20 international, who has scored four goals in five caps.
Hirst has so far made two first team appearances for Sheffield Wednesday with both coming in the last campaign in September and October in the EFL Cup and Championship.
The striker ended up goalless on both occasions and he will now be looking to continue his development and try and fulfil the early potential.
Football Insider verdict:
Hirst is a very bright talent and there is no question as to why a number of Premier League clubs are showing interest in him. However, Sheffield Wednesday are also adamant that they want to keep hold of him and given the fees being spent these days it is likely a top-flight side will have to splash out a lot of money for someone who is so far unproven in senior football. Now one side could pick up a gem by moving early, but there is also a risk that he doesn’t meet that potential and clubs like Newcastle should focus on strengthening their first team rather than taking risks on teenagers.
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