Report: Harry Kewell's Crawley aim to scupper Leeds United's Gavin Whyte deal

Leeds fans celebrate their team's victory during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Derby County at Elland Road on November 29, 2014 in Leeds, England.

Championship side Leeds United have been in talks to sign Gavin Whyte from Crusaders - but League Two Crawley Town have made an offer.

A general view of Elland Road during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Fulham at Elland Road on December 13, 2014 in Leeds, England.

Leeds United’s hopes of signing Crusaders’ highly-rated winger Gavin Whyte could be scuppered by a former Elland Road player this summer.

Sky Sports stated at the start of this month that Leeds were in talks to sign the 22-year-old Northern Irishman on the back of a superb season across the Irish sea.

Whyte’s 21 goals fired Crusaders to a third league title in four years while earning him the Ulster Player of the Year award to boot.

But in new reports written by the Belfast Telegraph, Leeds’ hopes of luring Whyte to Elland Road have been challenged by none other than Harry Kewell.

Harry Kewell, manager of Crawley Town looks on prior to the Sky Bet League Two match between Crawley Town and Yeovil Town at Checkatrade.com Stadium on September 2, 2017 in Crawley, West...

It is understood that his Crawley Town side have leapt to the front of the queue by making an offer to sign the Northern Ireland U21 ace. Kewell’s assistant at the Checkatrade.com Stadium is the former NI international Warren Feeney, who has been keeping a close eye on Whyte’s progress.

And though the Belfast Telegraph adds that Leeds are interested, they have not yet made a formal offer for a player who previously admitted that he sees current Elland Road star Stuart Dallas, who also represented Crusaders in his formative years, as an inspiration.

Stuart Dallas of Leeds scores the winning penalty during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Burnley and Leeds United at Turf Moor on September 19, 2017 in Burnley, England.

It will be interesting to see whether Kewell’s Crawley will encourage Leeds to now step up their interest in arguably Northern Ireland’s most promising talent.

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