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.
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'.
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.
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.