The Sun says Leeds had a bid turned down by the club's administrators in the last window.
That was because the Latics' youth set-up thought they were losing too much talent.
But Elland Road chiefs plan to go in again for the talented midfielder, 17, and get him to follow fellow ex-Latics star Joe Gelhardt, 18, to the club.
Gelhardt joined on the same day as Jack Harrison during the summer.
But he is yet to be involved for Marcelo Bielsa's first team.
Instead the forward has starred for the Under-23s in the Premier League 2.
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