Archie Gray transfer warning for Leeds United amid 'fire sale' prediction

Leeds United's Archie Gray and Crysencio Summerville
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Leeds United legend Ian Harte says fans may have to brace themselves for a summer 'fire sale' following the club's Championship play-off heartache.

While Southampton prepare to join Leicester City and Ipswich Town in next season's Premier League, the Whites will have to lick their wounds before starting again next term. However, former Leeds left-back Harte fears there will be interest in some of the club's best players, and keeping hold of all their big names will be difficult.

While the likes of Crysencio Summerville and Willy Gnonto are sure to be linked with moves to Premier League sides or top European clubs, Harte also feels Leeds youngster Archie Gray will be a target this summer. The 18-year-old has been a revelation for United this season after making his debut against Cardiff City on the opening weekend.

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He has starred at both right-back and in his more natural central midfield role, and Harte fears his undouted talents will make him a stand-out player shoud clubs look to take advantage of Leeds' situation.

"I think a fire sale is quite a possibility," he told OffshorePokerSites. "The financial state and the potential money owed has been reported. Now we don't know how true that is, but I think if Leeds don't get promoted, you'll end up seeing a few of the players depart.

"Someone will probably make a move for Patrick Bamford or Dan James and those kinds of key players within the attacking group. Archie Gray is another player that could possibly leave, I think he’ll probably get the big clubs sniffing around. He's done a remarkable job playing right back but I like to see him in the midfield.

"He's got energy, he's brave on the ball, he can run, he can tackle and he gets up and down the pitch. For such a young talent to play that many games is incredible, and not only that, he’s part of the Gray family. You know, he's got a younger brother, brother. That's common through Harry as well. Obviously Andy, his dad, that was there you have Eddie that was there as well. So the Gray family name continues on at Leeds United."

Harte made 288 appearances in nine years at Elland Road, before moving to Levante in Spain in 2004. He also had spells with Reading, Carlisle, Blackpool and Sunderland before retiring at AFC Bournemouth in 2015.