The former Sheffield Wednesday striker George Hirst is undergoing a medical at the Owls’ local rivals Rotherham United, according to the Sky Sports reporter, Rob Dorsett.

Dorsett claims Hirst, now a Leicester City player, is set to join Rotherham on loan.

The 21-year-old came through the ranks at Wednesday but left for next to nothing in 2018, having rejected a new contract and been barred from representing the Owls at any level for the best part of a year.

Wednesday, for whom Hirst’s father David starred in the late 1980s and early ’90s, are said to have turned down a seven-figure offer from Leicester the previous summer and were expected to be compensated by a similar amount had the England youth international joined a domestic rival at the end of his deal.

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Hirst in action for Leicester last season. (Photo by Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Images)

But Hirst headed instead to OH Leuven, Leicester’s feeder club in Belgium, who were able to sign him for a fraction of the cost, before he moved on to the Foxes in 2019.

The Sheffield-born talent has since appeared twice for Brendan Rodgers’ first team, but should get his first real taste of senior football in England at Rotherham.

Rotherham are due to host Wednesday on 28th October, before travelling to Hillsborough on 3rd March.

 

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