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Joe Gelhardt’s Leeds United exit: Who in the EFL is interested? What has Jesse Marsch had to say?

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As things stand, Joe Gelhadrt is one Leeds United player who looks set to be on the move in what remains of the January transfer window.

The striker has already struggled for game time this season, and the addition of Georginio Rutter is only likely to push him further down the pecking at Elland Road.

As a result, it is being reported that a temporary move away for the 20-year-old this month is on the cards, and that has already attracted plenty of attention from elsewhere in English football.

With that in mind, we’ve taken a look at some of the big questions about a potential move away from Leeds for Gelhardt in the next couple of weeks, right here.

Who in the EFL is interested?

There does seem to be a number of Championship clubs keen to take the 20-year-old for the remainder of the season.

Swansea City have been credited with and interest, while Gelhardt’s old club Wigan Athletic, are reported to have made a loan bid, as they look to drag themselves out of the relegation zone.

Meanwhile Hull and Stoke are both thought to made enquiries about a potential temporary move for the striker, and Leeds All Over understand Sunderland would also be interested in bringing him to the Championship.

Elsewhere, it was reported earlier in the week that Blackburn Rovers are in negotiations with Leeds about a loan move for Gelhardt. However, it has since been claimed that while the Ewood Park club are interested in him, he is not their first choice attacking target this summer.

What has Jesse Marsch had to say?

It does seem as though Marsch and others behind the scenes at Leeds are aware of the possibility of a temporary departure for Gelhardt this month.

Speaking ahead of Leeds’ FA Cup win over Cardiff on Wednesday night – in which Gelhardt came on as a second half substitute – the Leeds head coach confirmed there had been in internal discussions about a move.

Marsch then went on to reveal that a decision over the striker’s future will be taken in the coming weeks, suggesting that no deal is currently imminent for the 20-year-old.

In the meantime, the Leeds boss was quick to praise Gelhardt for the attitude he has shown amid his recent lack of game time, and speculation around his short-term future.

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