By Nick Ware

3rd Jul, 2021 | 2:41pm

Leeds United close to securing deal for Wigan Athletic teenager Sean McGurk

Leeds United are close to completing a deal for Wigan Athletic attacking midfielder Sean McGurk, according to Paul Joyce.

The Times journalist made the claim on his personal Twitter profile on Saturday afternoon.

Joyce wrote: “Leeds United close to a deal for Wigan teenager Sean McGurk. A fee of around £175,000 has been discussed but the transfer may yet be settled by a tribunal.”

Long-term target

McGurk is a player that has been tracked for a long time by the Whites, with the Daily Mail reporting interest on July 20 2020.

The English midfielder’s contract at Wigan expired earlier this week [Wednesday, June 30], but under rules relating to transfers of players under the age of 24 between English clubs, a fee still has to be paid to Wigan for their role in his development.

It looks like McGurk will be moved to the Leeds under-23s squad if and when a deal is finally completed, and a small, six-figure fee could prove to be a bargain for the highly-rated 18-year-old.

The Whites second-string side enjoyed major success in the 2020/21 campaign, winning the Premier League 2 (Division 2) title and earning themselves a promotion to the first division in the process, as young stars like Joe Gelhardt and Sam Greenwood made big impressions.

McGurk would be making the same move as Gelhardt is he ends up in West Yorkshire this summer, after Gelhardt left Wigan for Leeds last year.

The success of Gelhardt and co could see them handed bigger roles by Marcelo Bielsa in the coming season, and that means the under-23s squad will need significant reinforcements, particularly as they will be coming up against a higher calibre of players, with the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea particularly proficient at that level.

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