Leeds United have launched a move to try and sign winger Gavin Whyte from Belfast-based side Crusaders, according to Sky Sports.

The broadcaster claim on their website that the Whites are in talks with the Northern Irish team to try and prise the 22-year-old away from their grasp, after his sensational form helped them to pick up the Irish Premiership title.

The right winger has been in the form of his life with 22 goals and eight assists in 38 appearances this season, doubling his career tally to 44 goals with Crusaders, who are said to have not yet accepted a bid from Leeds for his signing.

Football Insider verdict

Making the step up from the Irish leagues to England’s second tier is a big ask but there are plenty of names who have managed to make it a success. Will Whyte be the next to hop over the Irish sea? His statistics this season are outstanding and it should come as no surprise that Leeds are said to be one of many clubs seeking his capture this summer. However, his record has not always been so impressive and there must be questions asked over whether he has finally found his feet in professional football, or whether he is just a one-season wonder. Still, Leeds need to strengthen up front after numerous disappointing arrivals failed to hit the expected heights and if Whyte can come anywhere close to replicating his form over in England, it would be a marked improvement at Elland Road. After last summer’s mass overhaul went so disastrously, it looks as though it could be all change once again for the Whites.

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