Leeds United are amongst a host of Premier League clubs not prepared to pay the £15 million fee that would allow them to sign Ben Brereton Diaz from Blackburn Rovers during the January transfer window, according to a report from The Sun.

It does appear that Victor Orta’s priority is now signing a new forward. Reports from L’Equipe on Saturday claimed that a £26.5 million bid has been made for Georginio Rutter.

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Meanwhile, TEAMtalk suggested that Leeds are prepared to spend £14 million on Coventry City striker Viktor Gyokeres. It would appear that they not ready to spend a little more to sign another Championship goalscorer.

Leeds make Brereton Diaz decision

According to The Sun, Leeds – along with Newcastle, Everton and West Ham – are unwilling to pay £15 million for Brereton Diaz. And Blackburn will not consider a lower figure for the ‘extraordinary‘ Chile international.

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The 23-year-old has scored nine times in the Championship this season. Meanwhile, he found the back of the net 22 times at Ewood Park last term. So he has certainly proved himself in the second tier.

Of course, the obvious problem is that Brereton Diaz is out of contract in the summer. So his admirers in England clearly feel that spending £15 million this month makes little sense.

That is a potential gamble. Leeds must not let this window close without signing another goalscorer. Rodrigo has done brilliantly this season. But he needs help from his teammates.

You can understand their reluctance to pay £15 million for Brereton Diaz. And that stance is absolutely fine if Orta manages to bring another forward in from somewhere.

Perhaps it will be Rutter or Gyokeres. But should they fail to sign either and our struggles persist in the Premier League, spending that £15 million on Brereton Diaz will surely become a lot more tempting.

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