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Leeds burned off Leicester competition to land Gelhardt from Wigan

Leeds United burned off competition from Leicester City to land Wigan Athletic prospect Joe Gelhardt last summer.

Leeds have reorientated their transfer policy to focus on signing as many talented young players as possible and integrating them into the under-23s.

This includes Ian Poveda from Manchester City, Sam Greenwood from Arsenal and Gelhardt from Wigan Athletic.

And it has now been revealed that Leeds beat Leicester to Gelhardt's signature because of the offer they presented the young striker.

The Athletic reports Leicester had the same idea and made enquiries of their own but according to sources close to Gelhardt, he was 'blown away' by the way in which Leeds' director of football Victor Orta presented the offer from Elland Road to him.


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