As per recent reports in the gazettelive, Leeds United have been scouting for Middlesbrough star striker Patrick Bamford. The 24-year old scored 12 goals in all competitions last season and put in a match-winning performance against the Whites and it is understood that Bielsa is impressed with him.
Under Marcelo Bielsa, the new coach, Leeds United will want to start a completely new era this year. They will want to fight with the best in the Championship and will hope that they can break into the top flight in the coming years. But that will need them to add some quality to their first team, to help them compete with the best teams next season.
However, with Tony Pulis having no real need to sell, Leeds might struggle to land Bamford this summer. They are still in desperate need of a striker who can make an impact next season and here are three such players they can now target for this transfer window:
Matej Vydra (Derby County):
Bamford was wanted as an alternative for the Derby striker, who has been the top transfer target for Bielsa since joining Leeds. He is valued at £11m and Leeds are ready to pay the money but Derby have not allowed him to leave yet, without finding a replacement. However, they have now signed League One’s top goal-scorer from last season in Jack Marriott and could allow Vydra to finally move to Elland Road this summer.
A wanted man in Brazil, Turkey and Russia, the Uruguayan international is a free agent, having run his contract down with Hull City. He is a decent fit for the English game and is available for free, will be a huge coup for Leeds. He has returned from his holiday and has posted a story on social media, of him in an airport, hinting about his future. However, it is to be seen if Hernandez is happy to stay in England or will wander in search of new challenges.
Danny Ings (Liverpool):
Though he is valued at around £20m, Ings is a player who has already ruled the Championship and his signing will be a huge statement from Bielsa. He is still 25, and has loads of potential and will be an upgrade on both Vydra and Hernandez. Ings is a wanted man in the Premier League and Leeds should act fast if they are snap him up this summer.