Leeds United could make a move for Sheffield Wednesday striker George Hirst in the January transfer window, according to Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Phil Hay on Twitter.
George Hirst link (Sheffield Wednesday striker) was serious but didn't happen in the end. Can see Leeds looking at him again in January.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) September 4, 2017
Leeds were linked with a move for Hirst, 18, multiple times last month and were understood to have a serious interest in signing the young striker. However, as Hay says, the deal ultimately failed to happen and Hirst remains a Sheffield Wednesday player.
Having come through the ranks at Sheffield Wednesday, Hirst signed his first professional contract with the club back in March 2016. Last season, the striker scored 40 goals in all competitions for Sheffield Wednesday and England’s various youth teams.
Hirst seems to have started this season in similar form, scoring a hat-trick for England Under-19s at the beginning of this month. He has also recently made his professional debut for Sheffield Wednesday, appearing in both the Championship and the League Cup this season.
Sheffield Wednesday will not want to lose a player with such a bright future in the game and signalled their intent to keep hold of the striker this summer. Premier League side Leicester City reportedly made a £2 million, which was rejected by Wednesday.
Whilst Leeds are interested, it looks unlikely that Hirst will be joining the club this January. If Sheffield Wednesday decided they were willing to part ways with the striker, he would no doubt prefer a move to former Premier League Champions Leicester City.
Hirst could make his second Championship appearance this weekend as Sheffield Wednesday host Nottingham Forest.