Phil Hay has told his Athletic podcast that Leeds are working on a deal for an unnamed Premier League striker. The Whites certainly need back-up to Patrick Bamford brought to Elland Road, this summer.
Bamford has been injured for majority of the campaign. Hay says Leeds are looking to address that: “From what I’m told, there is at least one centre forward in the Premier League they are looking at.”
As Hay says we are working on a deal for a Premier League striker – here are three potential options for Leeds:
Eddie Nketiah – Arsenal
Nketiah, 22, is out of contract at Arsenal next month. The England Under-21 record goalscorer is expected to leave despite his brilliant recent form. Such form including a brace against us, as he wants regular game time.
Obviously, he will have a soft spot for Leeds having spent the first half of 2019-20 on loan at Elland Road. Reports claim Nketiah is considering an offer from Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace, but is yet to make a decision.
Emmanuel Dennis – Watford
Dennis, 24, only joined Watford last summer. While the Hornets have been relegated, he still scored 10 goals in 33 league games. He has shown that he deserves to remain in the top tier this summer.
West Ham and Newcastle are reportedly planning a £20million offer to sign the Nigeria striker. Still young, proven in the top tier and with Watford relegated, Leeds should be in the market for Dennis.
Che Adams – Southampton
The Scotland striker embodies what Leeds are about. Work rate, versatility, but also able to score goals. He has seven in 30 league games this term, perhaps more down to Ralph Hasenhuttl’s system.
Of course, we tried to sign him in January 2020 on loan from the Saints – just six months after he moved to the south coast. The Saints no.10 is well-liked by Victor Orta and it might be a move that comes off.
In other Leeds news, could we have recently seen a long-term replacement for Luke Ayling?