Marcelo Bielsa’s summer transfer window at Leeds United is off to a decent start. He has allowed quite a few players to leave the club on loan but has managed to tie Lewis Baker to yet another loan deal from Chelsea.
However, the Argentine manager is desperate to add a striker to his side, with Pierre-Michel Lasogga back at Hamburg after the end of his loan spell. Caleb Ekuban and Jay-Roy Grot are also linked with an exit this summer, which has seen the club scout for strikers this summer. But one such player, they have dropped interest in is Jerry Mbakogu.
The 25-year old agreed on personal terms with the Whites and was expected to move to the club this summer for just around £3m, but Bielsa’s appointment has seen Leeds United drop interest in him recently. Carpi, his current club, are ready to accept an offer as low as £2m but the Peacocks manager has started to look elsewhere. But who can he sign? Here are three strikers Leeds United can now target, in place of Mbakogu:
Danny Ings (Liverpool):
The English striker has been unlucky with injuries in his stint at Anfield as he missed almost two long seasons, with two different injuries. However, he showed decent quality in the few games he played in during the latter parts of the last season and is a player who can certainly make an impact at Leeds. He can walk into the first team and will definitely add goals to this side. He could be available on a loan deal or even on a permanent move to Leeds United.
Matej Vydra (Derby County):
The Derby County star has been on the radar of Bielsa for a while now but Leeds have struggled to land him so far. He is valued at around £11m and is already attracting interest from various clubs in the country. At 26, he is a certainly a first-team option at Elland Road and is a player who will solve an impending problem for the manager.
Bielsa’s search of a striker has already seen him scout for Abel Hernandez but reports now suggest that the wages he demands are putting off the deal. He is a free agent, after spending the final year of his current deal with Hull City last season. He was not a part of the Uruguay squad for the World Cup but at 27, has room to improve and will be a decent signing for the Whites.