Brentford are ready to firm up their interest in Coventry City striker Viktor Gyokeres, who is also a reported target of Leeds United.
That is according to talkSPORT, who claim the Bees have been tracking Gyokeres for some time and are now ready to make an approach after Ivan Toney’s betting ban was confirmed on Wednesday.
Toney is set to be out of action for the next eight months after being charged for 232 breaches of the FA’s betting rules.
Gyokeres has been one of, if not the best striker in the Championship over the last two seasons with 21 goals and 11 assists in 48 matches this term.
Brentford set to step up interest in Leeds target Gyokeres
Coventry are set to ask for as much as £25 million for their prized asset, but could be in a much better position to keep their talisman if they win the Championship play-off final in 10 days’ time.
Gyokeres helped send the Sky Blues to Wembley at the expensive of Middlesbrough earlier this week as he provided the assist for Gustavo Hamer to seal a 1-0 aggregate victory.
That said, Gyokeres is almost certainly set to play Premier League football next season regardless of the outcome of next weekend’s game, with interest growing ever stronger for him.
To ensure they remain in the race for his signature, Leeds will need to preserve their top-flight status in the next two matches.
Leeds were heavily linked with a move for the 24-year-old in January but instead broke their transfer record in bringing Georginio Rutter from Hoffenheim, a move which is yet to work out.
Rutter is full of promise and may well turn into an excellent buy in the future, but Leeds were in need of an out and out number nine to replace Patrick Bamford, which Gyokeres would’ve provided.