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Leeds reportedly in the hunt for in-demand Northern Ireland U21 Gavin Whyte

Update on the rumours from a couple weeks ago

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Gavin Whyte is once again linked with a move to Leeds United. The Northern Ireland U21 and Crusaders winger was linked back in April with a potential move to Elland Road. Now Sky Sports is reporting that Leeds are in frame to land his signature.

Sky Sports is also reporting that Leeds are not the only team to have shown an interest in Whyte, saying:

The Belfast club are yet to accept a formal bid for the 22-year-old from the Sky Bet Championship side.

Sky Sports News understands at 10 other Football League and Scottish clubs have sent representatives to watch the winger this season.

Leeds United’s recruitment strategy during the last summer transfer window seemed to go after quantity rather than quality, and while it’s hard to predict how Whyte will adjust going from the NIFL to the Championship, he’s still a far cry from some of the signings that have failed to cut the mustard at Leeds this season.

Whyte has scored 22 goals and had eight assists in 38 appearances for Crusaders this season, so it’s no wonder that a host of club are interested in the player. He was even named as the Ulster Footballer of the Year a few weeks ago. Previously this season, he called current Leeds winger Stuart Dallas “an inspiration,” saying:

I see a player like Stuart Dallas as an inspiration.

Everyone talks about Stuart at the Crues and what he has achieved. Some people have said to me that I could follow in his footsteps. He has been brilliant going to Brentford and then he got his big move to Leeds, so that is inspiring.

As a kid I always wanted to play in England or Scotland and in full-time football. I’m happy playing at Crusaders because I’m enjoying it there, but I would like to get the chance to go across the water. We’ll see what happens, I’ll keep working and try and get that opportunity.

So will he make the move to England and will he end up at Leeds? Here’s hoping that if he does make the leap, that he’ll translate that goal scoring form for Crusaders to a decent goal-scoring record in the Championship.