By Craig Scott

10th Jan, 2023 | 4:10pm

Exclusive: Joe Gelhardt twist at Leeds United as talks now underway for January exit

Leeds United are ready to let Joe Gelhardt leave on loan and discussions have started over a temporary exit, MOT Leeds News has been told.

Gelhardt, 20, has struggled for game time at Elland Road this season, amassing just 188 minutes of Premier League action over 14 appearances.

The young striker was handed a rare start away at Cardiff City in the FA Cup third round on Sunday (8 January) but he failed to impress and was substituted off in the 73rd minute.

MOT Leeds News has now been told by a source close to Elland Road that Leeds are in talks over allowing Gelhardt to leave on loan this month.

The Daily Mail reported on 9 January that Swansea are keen on signing the England youth international, who’s played 39 times in total for Leeds’ senior side and scored two goals and supplied five assists.

Football League World added on 10 January that Wigan are also interested in re-signing their former striker, who left the DW Stadium for Leeds in August 2020 amid serious financial issues at the Latics.

Leeds are closing in on the signing of Hoffenheim centre-forward Georginio Rutter for a fee that could eventually be a club record at Elland Road.

Rutter’s arrival would push Gelhardt further down Jesse Marsch’s pecking order as the American desperately seeks to add goals to his side as they aim to avoid a second Premier League relegation battle in a row.

In other Leeds United news, another Leeds youngster’s short-term future is up in the air.