According to Sky Sports sources Leeds United are in talks to sign Crusaders winger Gavin Whyte. The 22-year-old has had a great season in the Northern Irish Premier League and has won the Ulster player of the year as well as bagging 21 goals and winning the league with his club.
Whyte has been in brilliant for as Crusaders took home another league title, the third in four years for the club. Whyte, from a wide position has been nothing short of prolific and more than just Leeds United have picked up on his potential. Sky Sports sources are reporting that no less than ten other clubs, including a couple from the Scottish Premier League are also looking to sign the player but Leeds seem to be the ones who are making inroads into signing the player early despite no fee being agreed. For a deal like this the fee won’t be outrages but the potential could well mean a very good signing, it’s certainly a gamble.
Players coming across from Northern and the Republic of Ireland have mixed success and you need only look at Preston North End’s Sean Maguire to see what can be done if you scout the correct players. The ex-Cork City striker has been tearing up the Championship at times this season after a low-key move and he isn’t the only one to make an impact, in fact there are a host of clubs who sign players from either side of the Irish border with much success. Leeds have signed players from both before and have had success, it’s somewhere we haven’t utilised enough in recent years as many players have made the short trip over the water. A deal like this is certainly worth some thought.