By Craig Scott

11th Jul, 2020 | 2:00pm

Leeds in pursuit of Championship striker as PL move stalls, talks scheduled for Monday - report

Leeds United are among a number of clubs who are in pursuit of Wigan centre-forward Joe Gelhardt, according to The Athletic journalist Adam Crafton.

The reporter said on his personal Twitter account on Saturday that Tottenham and Manchester United are also keen on the 18-year-old striker.

Crafton added that Leicester City are closing in on a move to sign the England Under-18 international but has since reported the Premier League club’s swoop has stalled.

It is now understood that the Wigan administrators have scheduled talks with “several” Championship clubs, which will take place on Monday, which has held back Leicester in their bid to sign the teenager.

As Leeds are the only second-tier club credited with an interest in Gelhardt, we assume that the Whites are one of those clubs.

Gelhardt could move away from Wigan for less than £1.5million, which is awful for Wigan because of the financial crisis they are in and the fact that a good, young forward like him is usually valued a lot higher.

The Liverpool-born striker has made 16 Championship appearances this season for the Latics, scoring one goal in the process which came against Hull City in September.

We would like to see such a highly-rated young striker head to Leeds ahead of next season.

The fact that Leicester, Spurs and Man United are keen on him says a lot while Crafton himself has described the teenager as a “big talent”.

It is a shame for Wigan to lose one of their most valuable players for what is effectively peanuts but they could really benefit from cashing in on him to save themselves from a Bury-esque meltdown.

In other Leeds United news, Adrian Durham has compared the Whites with “useless” Tottenham.