By Pranav Shahaney

16th Jan, 2023 | 3:26pm

Swansea manager Russell Martin in talks with Andrew Taylor over Leeds United striker Joe Gelhardt January move

Swansea City boss Russell Martin has been in talks with Andrew Taylor, the loan manager at Leeds United, over potentially signing Joe Gelhardt.

According to the Yorkshire Evening Post’s Graham Smyth, the striker could head out of Elland Road in the January transfer window.

Swansea, Blackburn, Wigan Athletic and Hull City are among those clubs enquiring about the services of the 20-year-old.

Loan him out

Having signed Georginio Rutter, the Whites now have at least three players ahead of Gelhardt in the pecking order, if not more.

Patrick Bamford surely is ahead of him while Rodrigo too, given the number of goals he’s scored this season, is hard to leave out of the side.

Rutter came in for a club-record fee so it’s evident that he’ll be the first choice option while Willy Gnonto and Sonny Perkins have both been impressive and are capable of leading the line.

Everyone at Leeds is aware of Gelhardt’s potential, but they also know that for him to unleash it, he’ll have to leave on loan.

That will give him regular first-team minutes at the senior level and not playing reserves and youngsters for the under-21s.

Gelhardt himself should not oppose the move if he’s got decent clubs in the Championship vying for his services.

In other Leeds United news, Fabrizio Romano has dropped a major update on World Cup star Azzedinie Ounahi’s potential January move to Elland Road.