Brighton & Hove Albion have joined Leeds United and Tottenham Hotspur in the race to sign Wigan Athletic’s Sean McGurk.
Since the news broke of Wigan’s administration last month, clubs have been swooping to try and pick the best deals from the club.
McGurk, 18, is a product of the Wigan academy. He’s yet to feature for the first-team but with all of Leeds, Tottenham and now Brighton monitoring his situation, he looks nailed on for a Premier League mvoe this month.
It was Leeds and Spurs who were rumoured to be going head-to-head for McGurk last month, but now journalist Alan Nixon notes that Brighton have also joined the race, having already signed Jensen Weir from the club’s youth set-up:
Brighton. Joined chase for young McGurk at Wigan. Leeds still hope to win race. But Seagulls landed team mate Weir.
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) August 2, 2020
With Wigan’s situation hanging in the balance, it makes them vulnerable to suitors, especially those from the top-flight and what’s more is that those suitors will know Wigan will likely accept a much lower offer than previously.
Paul Cook has also left Wigan now – the Liverpool-born boss did all he could to save Wigan from an untimely relegation, and is now in the frame to take over at Bristol City.
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Obviously little is know about McGurk, but the fact that he’s three Premier League teams after him should say something about his potential. All three clubs have good, and bettering reputations for developing young players and it’ll be a hard decision for McGurk.
Having said that, with Wigan likely to lose a lot more players it could entice McGurk to stay on at the club, with the hope of playing regular League One football next time round.