By Ray Livingstone

12th Jan, 2021 | 11:07am

Alan Nixon: Rangers could hijack Leeds move for 'amazing' young attacker after bid rejected

Rangers could steal in and tie up Wigan “whizz kid” on a pre-contract deal after the EFL side rejected an offer from Leeds for attacker Sean McGurk. 

The Sun’s transfer expert Alan Nixon made the claim on his personal Twitter account on Tuesday morning.

He claimed that Leeds had made an offer for the 17-year-old attacking midfielder but that it has been rejected.

McGurk’s contract is up in the summer so he could move for free then.

However, Nixon added, “But danger that Rangers (or Celtic) step in with pre-contract in the meantime.”

Big future for McGurk

Leeds have been trying to land McGurk since the summer when they had an initial bid rejected by the Wigan administrators.

They’d already landed teammate Joe Gelhardt in a deal that was slammed for being under market value by Peterborough owner Darragh MacAnthony.

That seemingly puts them in pole position to get McGurk too but a lot could depend on how much of a risk they’re willing to take in their negotiations.

Wigan might be in a better situation now than they were in the summer but they will still want to land a fee for the player if possible, rather than losing him on a free.

Only overseas clubs can talk to McGurk about a pre-contract deal, though.

Rangers are interested though, according to Nixon, and he said that McGurk is a player who was “known to them from younger days too.”

McGurk might be one for the future but he’s very highly-rated and a goal-scorer.

Peter Murphy, Wigan U18 manager, previously said of him: “Sean was brilliant, he’s been amazing.

“He had a slow start to his scholarship with an injury in the summer but, since he’s been fit, he’s got himself into the team and stayed there.

“He’s so effective in games, he sets things up, he scores goals and he’ll always do that because of his ability.”

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