Do reports suggest Leeds United are plotting move for Oldham's Rob Hunt?

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Leeds United were linked with Brighton youngster Rob Hunt back in February during his initial loan spell at League One Oldham Athletic.

Callum Brittain of Milton Keynes Dons and Rob Hunt of Oldham Athletic in action during the Sky Bet League One match between Milton Keynes Dons and Oldham Athletic at StadiumMK on October...

Rob Hunt made quite the impression when moving to Oldham Athletic on loan from Brighton in the second half of last season.

The Latics were bottom of League One when the 22-year-old arrived at Boundary Park. By the end of 2016/17, however, Oldham found themselves as high as 17th and surviving relegation with a degree of comfort.

So of course Oldham did not wait around to tie down Hunt to a permanent three-and-a-half year deal when he became available in the summer. The only surprise is that they did not face more opposition.

A general view of Elland Road Stadium prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Brighton & Hove Albion at Elland Road on October 17, 2015 in Leeds, England.

Because HITC sources told us in February that Leeds United and Bournemouth were both tracking the right-back’s development with his contract due to expire at Brighton in the summer.

With just four months of the season gone, HITC sources are now stating that Hunt is once again in demand with a number of as yet unnamed Championship clubs mulling over a move in the New Year for a player who continues to go from strength to strength.

But will Leeds once again be at the front of the queue? Luke Ayling’s form has dropped a little in recent weeks with Thomas Christiansen’s side enduring a run of poor results that brought their unbeaten start to the season crashing down.

Luke Ayling of Leeds United during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Derby County at Elland Road on January 13, 2017 in Leeds, England.

And Lewie Coyle is also making a huge impression on loan at Fleetwood Town, the academy graduate winning the fans’ Man of the Match award in four of his first eight games for the Cod Army. Coyle is expected to battle for a place in Leeds’ first-team next season.

So will Leeds still be tempted to take a punt on the highly-rated Hunt with both Ayling and Coyle in their ranks?

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