Report: Sheffield Wednesday's George Hirst realises he has to leave, Leeds ready to battle Leicester again

Niclas Thiede of Germany and George Hirst of England compete for the ball during the U19 International match between England and Germany at One Call Stadium on September 5, 2017 in...

Sheffield Wednesday striker George Hirst has reportedly decided that it's time to leave.

Niclas Thiede of Germany and George Hirst of England compete for the ball during the U19 International match between England and Germany at One Call Stadium on September 5, 2017 in...

According to the Daily Mail, Sheffield Wednesday striker George Hirst has realised that the club do not 'have his best interests at heart', and he will leave at the end of the season.

Hirst, 18, is the son of former Wednesday hero David Hirst, and has come up through the ranks at Hillsborough having been tipped for stardom with the Owls.

The 6ft 3in striker has hit 15 goals in 24 caps for England across various youth levels, but he is bizarrely being frozen out of the Wednesday first team, having failed to appear at any level this term – seemingly as he isn't signing a new contract.

Nasser Alaharak of Qatar in action against George Hirst of England during the U18 International friendly match between Qatar and England at the Grand Hamad Stadium on March 27, 2017 in...

Hirst is out of contract at the end of the season, and the Daily Mail report that he has now realised that he must leave Hillsborough, as the Owls 'don't have his best interests at heart'.

The report notes that two teams who wanted to sign him over the summer – Leicester City and Leeds United – remain keen to land Hirst in 2018, and could do battle when his contract expires.

Either side could attempt to lure Wednesday into a January deal, given that he seemingly won't be staying at Hillsborough, but the Owls would loathe to lose Hirst to a rival like Leeds.

DOHA, QATAR - MARCH 24 Nassir Peer (L) and Youssef Ayman (R)   of Qatar in action against George Hirst  of England during the England and Qatar U 18 friendly match at the Aspire pitch on...

The Whites signed a host of strikers over the summer, bringing in Pierre-Michel Lasogga, Pawel Cibicki, Jay-Roy Grot and Caleb Ekuban, but landing one of the brightest young English strikers could be appealing to Victor Orta and Thomas Christiansen.

For Wednesday, they may well be about to realise their mistake with Hirst. Instead of promoting a hometown talent into the first team, they have focused on signing the likes of Steven Fletcher, Gary Hooper, Jordan Rhodes and Sam Winnall, and Hirst may now take the opportunity to go elsewhere and further his career.

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