Premier League side Leeds United have had a bid rejected for Wigan “whizz-kid” Sean McGurk as Rangers wait in the wings regarding a pre-contract move.

That’s according to Alan Nixon, who claims that Marcelo Bielsa’s side has not offered enough for the 17-year-old attacking midfielder with Wigan risking losing him for a cut-price fee to Rangers or Celtic in the summer.

Rangers have taken advantage of cross-border compensation rules throughout Steven Gerrard’s tenure and unless Leeds United up their offer for McGurk could well do the same here.


These rules allow the likes of Rangers and Celtic to tempt young British talent plying their trade south of the border north without paying out large development fees.

McGurk is one of a number of highly-rated youth prospects currently plying their trade with Wigan Athletic in the EFL League One.

A creative midfielder with an eye for goal, good range of passing and the ability to score long-range “worldies”, McGurk is considered a technical player and is highly rated down south.

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The ginger-headed midfielder isn’t the only Latics player being linked with a move to Ibrox with Wigan striker Kyle Joseph also being mentioned alongside Rangers.

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McGurk (right) is a highly rated youth prospect plying his trade for Wigan and reportedly wanted by Rangers, Celtic and Leeds United, who have had a bid rejected. (Photo by Charlotte Tattersall/Getty Images)

Rangers have been linked with a move for the forward the latest news suggesting they face competition from the likes of Blackpool and Premier League Tottenham Hotspur.

According to Nixon again, Rangers and Spurs have been outbid by the Seasiders but the player will ultimately decide where he ends up either in January or the summer.

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