Leeds United are already being linked with a host of names ahead of the summer.
The Whites need to make improvements all over the pitch after their promotion challenge dramatically fell away in 2018. One name being linked with a move to West Yorkshire is that of Northern Irish winger Gavin Whyte.
The 22-year-old has had a fine season in the NIFL Premiership. The Crusaders star has scored 24 goals for the club in 43 games in all competitions – attracting the interest of Leeds with such impressive figures and displays.
Now he has a prestigious award to add to his season’s accolades. Last night saw Whyte named the Ulster Player of the Year for his performances this campaign and few could argue he was a deserving recipient of the award.
Again, after the award, the Belfast Telegraph spoke of Leeds United’s interest in signing him, even stating ‘a dream move to Leeds United is on the cards’ in their report.
It would indeed be a dream move for the Crusaders star, who would team up with countryman and fellow former Crues winger Stuart Dallas if the move became a reality.
This weekend is the final day of the Northern Irish season and Crusaders take on Ballymena United.
A win against the league’s bottom side would secure the title for Whyte’s side and could be seen as a perfect sign off for Whyte.
Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph he stated:
“I’ve enjoyed this season the most and you can see that in my performances. I’ve scored 24 goals and that’s the most I’ve scored in any season.
I’m really enjoying my football and I’ll see where it takes me.”
Leeds United look to have challengers for his signing. Belfast Live has reported that several other clubs are also looking at the player and in the past Dundee United, Everton and Celtic have all shown an interest in the young winger.
So, if Leeds are serious about signing Whyte, they should move in quickly after the final game of the season this weekend.