By Laura O'Leary

4th Dec, 2017 | 2:43pm

Reliable journalist provides update on Leeds striker hunt, chairman confirms player will move

Leeds United face a struggle to sign Sheffield Wednesday’s 18-year-old striker George Hirst if they return for him in January, according to a reliable journalist.

Dejphon Chansiri, Sheffield Wednesday chairman, confirmed that a nearby rival in the Championship and a Premier League club had offers for Hirst dismissed in the last transfer window.

He also confirmed that the club were resigned to losing Hirst, who is out of contract in the summer.

“We were categorically informed just before the closure of the transfer window in August 2017 that ‘George will not be signing a new deal at the club.'” Chansiri said.

Hay confirmed that the Premier League team who was interested in the forward, was Leicester City, and that Leeds had made an enquiry in August.

A report in the Sheffield Star claimed that Leeds were the Championship club who had a summer bid turned down.

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Hay also posted that although Leeds like the player, the valuation of the forward means that a Premier League club would have an easier time getting him.

Hirst has not featured for Sheffield Wednesday this season in any competition, and has only made one Championship appearance in his career.

The appearance saw him play 13 minutes of the 2-1 defeat to Reading last season.

Football Insider Verdict

With Premier League competition and a high price-tag, the Whites don’t look like they will be able to get their hands on Hirst. The Whites may be able to attract the player with the temptation of first-team action, but Wednesday don’t look like they’re in the mood to negotiate, especially with a Championship rival. Chansiri added in his interview that selling Hirst would send out the wrong message regarding Sheffield Wednesday players, so the only way a sale is going to be done is if it’s insane price. Sheffield Wednesday seem adamant on not letting the current want-away youth player, who has rejected several contracts, force their hands.

In other Leeds United news, David Prutton says that this is the weak link at the club and it must be addressed in January.

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