Leeds United transfer target Gavin Whyte would be an initial signing for the club’s under-23s.
Phil Hay from the Yorkshire Evening Post has provided an update on Twitter, confirming that Leeds’ intention with Whyte is to bring him to England as a signing for the club’s under-23s next season.
Winger at Crusaders in Ireland (same club Stuart Dallas was at). Has scored plenty of goals. A 23s signing initially though.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) May 4, 2018
Leeds and Victor Orta’s recruitment over the past 12 months has put a lot of focus on bolstering the club’s under-23s squad, which is starting to produce first-team players.
Reports from Sky Sports emerged yesterday linking Leeds with a move for Whyte in the summer, with the winger looking set to be added to that pool of players in the under-23s, should he sign.
The Whites are keen on a move for the 22-year-old Crusaders winger, who has enjoyed a fine campaign in the Irish Premiership.
Whyte bagged 23 goals in 20 appearances for Crusaders across all competitions, which has brought him to the attention of a host of Football League and Scottish clubs this summer.
Crusaders are yet to receive a formal bid from Leeds for the winger, but the Whites are in talks to sign Whyte, according to Sky Sports.
The 22-year-old has previously been capped for Northern Ireland’s under-21s, whilst Everton also took him on trial during the summer of 2016.
Hay’s update adds more value to the link between Leeds and Whyte, making it a lot more understandable why the Whites are chasing his signature.
The 22-year-old has enjoyed a good season, but there would be doubt surrounding whether he was ready to step up into the first-team at Elland Road.
However, if the plan is for Whyte to spend time in Leeds’ under-23s, then that would give him the necessary time to adapt.
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