Crawley Town have made a bid for Leeds United target Gavin Whyte, according to reports from Ireland.
Northern Irish media outlet The Belfast Telegraph are reporting that Crawley are the only side to have made an offer for the winger so far, despite interest from Leeds and Doncaster Rovers.
Crawley, who currently play in League Two, are managed by Harry Kewell and he wants to snap up Whyte from Crusaders.
The Australian is hoping to steal a march on rivals Leeds and Doncaster – who both play in higher divisions – by making an early bid for Whyte.
Kewell’s assistant at Crawley is Warren Feeney – a former Northern Ireland international – and he runs the rule over talent emerging from Northern Ireland.
He has identified Whyte as a potential new signing after the 22-year-old picked up the Player of the Year and the Young Player of the Year awards in Northern Ireland.
Championship side Leeds are also thought to be interested in the Northern Ireland under-21 international, who is being tipped for a senior call-up.
His tally of 22 league goals ranks him as the second top scorer in the Northern Irish Premiership and he helped his side win the league title.
Whyte has previously named Leeds man Stuart Dallas as his hero, sparking rumours that he is closing in on a move to Leeds.
Whyte could emulate Dallas and become a Championship player – he certainly has the potential.
He is still young and he already scores loads of goals from the wing despite the standard of the league being lower than the Championship.
Although Whyte would be a risk, Leeds could bring him in and then loan him out to a League One club to run the rule over how he performs in England.
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