Leeds United remain keen on Sheffield Wednesday striker George Hirst, despite not being prepared to offer the asking price for the player last summer, according to a journalist for the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Phil Hay has made the claims on his Twitter account that Thomas Christiansen is still interested in the 18-year-old, as he looks to resolve the goalscoring drought that his side currently has up top.

The forward has continuously been speculated to leave Hillsborough in the past, however, should the Elland Road outfit decide to make an offer for him in January, the Owls may be prepared to let him depart.

Leeds will have competition to sign him should he become available, as the England Under-20’s man has started to attract teams from the Premier League, with the likes of Arsenal, Everton and Leicester City all rumoured.

Sides have become interested in Hirst after he made impressive starts to his international career, although, he only made his Owls debut in their League Cup tie with Cambridge United last season.

The academy graduate is understood to have grown frustrated with first-team opportunities under manager Carlos Carvalhal and has refused to sign a new contract with the Yorkshire club.

His refusal to sign the new deal angered the boss and banned Hirst from playing for the team, which would make it appear a departure from the team could be sooner, rather than later.

Leeds have been struggling as of late and have found wins and goals hard to come by in recent months, with Christiansen’s side having won just once in their last eight Championship matches, with the other results coming in the shape of defeats.


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