Leeds United are plotting a second attempt to sign Sean McGurk from Wigan in the January transfer window, according to The Sun.

The newspaper reports that Leeds had a bid rejected by the Wigan administrators in the summer transfer window as they thought that the League One club was losing too many young players.

McGurk, 17, is reportedly a “talented midfielder” that has risen through the ranks at the Wigan academy. However, he is yet to make a senior appearance for the Latics.

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Leeds have already raided Wigan for their young talent when they signed striker Joe Gelhardt from them in the summer.

Gelhardt, 18, is yet to be involved in Marcelo Bielsa’s first-team but he has played a key role in the Whites’ Under-23s side in Premier League 2.

The Sun now reports that Leeds chiefs are keen to land Gelhardt’s former Wigan team-mate McGurk and a move has been mooted for the January transfer window.

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Whether that happens or not remains to be seen but Bielsa isn’t a fan of strengthening his senior squad in the January window.

That means that if Leeds are going to sign players in the winter then it is more than likely going to be for the Under-23s and due to Wigan’s financial situation, a cheap deal could be struck for youngster Gelhardt.

Not many is known about the 17-year-old but he did score two goals in four FA Youth Cup appearances for the Latics last season.

One of those goals came at Old Trafford when Wigan’s Under-18s lost 2-1 to Manchester United’s Under-18s.

Speaking in March, Wigan Under-18s manager Peter Murphy was quoted by Wigan Today as saying: “Sean was brilliant, he’s been amazing.

“He had a slow start to his scholarship with an injury in the summer but, since he’s been fit, he’s got himself into the team and stayed there.

“He’s so effective in games, he sets things up, he scores goals and he’ll always do that because of his ability.”

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