Leeds hoping for swift deal with EFL starlet

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What a season it has been for for Leeds United.

After securing promotion to the Premier League, the Whites secured their status as the league winners after a thoroughly impressive.

That has also brought an end to a 16-year exile from the top flight.

If they can get themselves over the line it would end a 16-year exile from the Premier League.

With just one game left this term, attention will now turn to the summer transfer market.

Plenty of players will be a linked with a move over the coming weeks and months, but in truth only a handful will be a plausible targets.

But that doesn't mean that the hard work isn't being put in behind the scenes.

One man who has been linked is Joe Gelhardt.

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The Wigan Athletic star is attracting plenty of interest this summer after bursting onto the scene.

The Latics face an uncertain future after going into administration, meaning that the 18-year-old could be available for a relative cut-price fee.

Clubs such as Celtic, Liverpool, Everton and Leicester City are all said to be keen, but it's the interest of Leeds United that's capturing attention.

According to Alan Nixon of The Sun, Leeds held talks with the striker on Monday as they look to swiftly tie up a deal.

He tweeted: "Leeds. Have met Joe Gelhardt today. Wigan striker. Many keen. However they are in first and strongest. No fee agreed yet.

"But keen to take him ASAP. Admin want money up front ASAP as bills to pay. Mad times."

Leeds are making the addition of a striker a top priority this summer with Patrick Bamford proving to be inconsistent, and Jean-Kevin Augustin flattering to deceive since arriving in January.

While the Whites are obligated to sign the RB Leipzig striker on a permanent deal this summer it's unlikely that he'll play for Bielsa's side which means that a move for Gelhardt could gather pace.

GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...

This is a deal that appears to be gathering pace all of the time.

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There's no secret that Leeds United are looking for a striker to join the club this summer, and Joe Gelhardt is one of those on their radar.

The 18-year-old is very highly-rated and looks set for a career at the highest level.

A move to Leeds would certainly give him the platform to make that step up, and so a move could be very appealing.

Given Wigan's financial situation, they're likely to be active in trying to offload a number of their players and so the Whites may be able to scoop up the starlet for a real bargain fee.

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