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Leeds United reportedly interested in 24-goal wideman who lists Stuart Dallas as inspiration

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Leeds United reportedly interested in 24-goal wideman who lists Stuart Dallas as inspiration

The Crusaders winger has been in fine form this season and Leeds are now said to be keen.

A report in Ireland has seemingly unveiled a summer transfer target for Leeds United. The Belfast Telegraph report on a recent draw between Crusaders and Cliftonville in the NIFL Premiership suggested that Leeds United are interested in signing 22-year-old winger Gavin Whyte.

The Crusaders star is no stranger to links with a move. In 2016 he had trials at both Everton and Celtic and with good reason. For the past few years, he has been one of the stars of domestic Northern Irish football.

This season has been no different for the Northern Ireland under-21 international. He has scored 24 goals in 43 appearances for the club in what has been his best season yet.

Leeds are also in need of more wide options, so the signing of Whyte would certainly be welcomed by the fans at Elland Road, especially as he would not be a costly addition.

One thing for sure is that Whyte would be keen on the move. In March, he spoke of his admiration for a current Leeds player. Stuart Dallas is the player in question and it makes perfect sense. He is also a Northern Irish winger, who headed to England from Crusaders Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph he stated:

“I see a player like Stuart Dallas as an inspiration.

“Everyone talks about Stuart at the Crues and what he has achieved. Some people have said to me that I could follow in his footsteps. He has been brilliant going to Brentford and then he got his big move to Leeds, so that is inspiring.”

Whilst Dallas has not been a superstar since joining Leeds, he has been an ever-present and consistent option for his revolving door of managers.

(during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Leeds United at iPro Stadium on February 21, 2018 in Derby, England.

The wide-man, who has played much of this season at full-back, would undoubtedly welcome a fellow former Crues player to Leeds.

There is little more in the report regarding any interest from Leeds but it appears that Whyte is on Leeds’ radar.

Plenty of teams are sure to be watching the young talent this summer after his fine form for Crusaders. Leeds though could have the upper hand thanks to the presence of Dallas.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Everton fan for my sins.

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