Graham Smyth has told a Q&A session held on the Yorkshire Evening Post website that he believes Leeds United could move to sign Wigan Athletic teenager Sean McGurk in January – but only if the price is right.
McGurk, 17, has been strongly linked with a move to some of England’s biggest clubs of late – not least Leeds. The Whites are renowned for bringing in young talent and McGurk is one of the latest examples.
Leeds completed a move for Wigan’s Joe Gelhardt in the summer, taking advantage of Wigan’s lack of cash. The striker has since impressed in the club’s Under-23 side and is being touted with a possible senior call-up.
Reporter Smyth responded to a question about midfielder McGurk and the rest of any potential January business – and reckons that Leeds could get McGurk but only for the right price, given his contract is up in the summer.
“Sean McGurk at Wigan Athletic is a player they have tracked, one they like but the price would have to be very right for it to happen this month, given his contract is up in the summer,” Smyth said.
TBR’s view – Leeds need to weigh up their options
McGurk is a top talent, and Leeds have got to take the chance to sign him if presented with that. Perhaps offering Wigan a fee this month would see the Whites fend off competition for his signature.
But Leeds also need to weigh up whether McGurk’s compensation figure would be cheaper than a fee paid this summer. Talks need to be had, but it could save them some money, and allow them to win the race, this month.