Leeds are still in to sign Wigan starlet Sean McGurk this summer amid continued speculation linking him with a move.
Reports in recent months had suggested Marcelo Bielsa’s side were eyeing up a move for the 18-year-old, who has yet to make a single appearance for the first-team with the Latics.
Speaking on The Phil Hay Show, Phil Hay said: “The incomings are quiet, and that was what we expected. I never rule out academy signings at Leeds, because they seem to be recruiting on that front all the time. McGurk, the youngster over at Wigan, again, that you mentioned is somebody Leeds are still interested in.”
Now, journalist Alan Nixon has provided a major update on the situation surrounding the Whites’ move to sign McGurk, with him insisting that he’s “not heard different” when responding to a question on Twitter.
After the success of Leeds’ U23s in clinching the Premier League 2 Div 2 title last week, there’s a real feel-good nature to the club’s academy side at the moment, especially with burgeoning talents like Sam Greenwood and Joe Gelhardt.
The latter will know all about McGurk given that he too made the step up from Wigan to Leeds last summer, and it may well be just a matter of time before he’s reunited with the 18-year-old.
Able to play in central midfield or out on the right, McGurk has delivered signs of his potential, even scoring in consecutive games in the FA Youth Cup last season, including against Manchester United.
And, speaking earlier last year, Wigan’s U18s coach, Peter Murphy, said: “Sean (McGurk) 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.”
With both McGurk and Gelhardt just 18, there’s a real chance for the duo to develop their previous off-pitch relationship at Wigan into an on-pitch partnership, especially given they play more offensively.
McGurk could well be Bielsa’s next protege at Elland Road if a move eventually gets finalised.