Leeds United are believed to have made contact regarding the signing of Coventry City striker Viktor Gyokeres, albeit with the Elland Road outfit set to face competition in the race for his signature.
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According to 90min, the Whites are one of ‘several’ Premier League clubs to have made an enquiry about the 24-year-old marksman, with Brentford, Crystal Palace, Everton and Wolverhampton Wanderers also named as potential suitors.
The report suggests that it would take an offer of around £16m were the Championship outfit to sanction a sale, with the Sweden international having signed for the Sky Blues on a permanent deal back in July 2021, following an initial loan switch.
Prior to that, the 6 foot 2 brute – who has 18 months left on his existing contract – had been on the books at top-flight outfit, Brighton and Hove Albion, albeit without ever making a league appearance for the Seagulls.
As the report above outlined, the Yorkshire side have a ‘clear need’ for a reliable centre-forward presence, with the club having no doubt been held back over the last year or so as a result of the persistent injury woes of Patrick Bamford.
The 29-year-old had initially been a leading figure for Leeds following his £10m arrival in 2018, having notably fired the club back to the top tier with 16 goals during the 2019/20 campaign, before bagging 17 goals the year after in the Premier League.
Since then, however, the Englishman has been somewhat anonymous as a result of his regular spells on the treatment table, scoring just twice in nine league outings last term, while he has since failed to score in ten league appearances this time around.
As such, pundit Gabby Agbonlahor only recently suggested that Jesse Marsch and co should “cut ties” with the £35k-per-week man at the end of the season, with the club arguably in need of a younger and less injury-prone asset to lead the line.
Turning to the aforementioned Gyokerers could well help to hasten Bamford’s exit, with the 11-cap machine having been a truly standout presence in the second tier in the current campaign, leading the scoring charts in the division with 12 goals from his 23 appearances.
The former Swansea City loanee had scored 17 goals in the Championship last term having begun to showcase his undoubted potential on a consistent basis, with such form having seen him praised by manager Mark Robins, who stated:
“He’s not the finished article by any stretch of the imagination but he has some unbelievable ability – power, technique. He has got everything in his locker and that desire and hunger to score goals, and he’s also got a really angry side as well, which he has got to calm a little bit because if it’s not going his way he can get angry with himself and you see it from time to time.”
Not just a mere goalscorer, however, as Robins alluded to the Swede has plenty of strings to his bow, offering an added bonus with his ability to drive forward with the ball at his feet, as he ranks in the top 5% among those in his position in the ‘Men’s next eight competitions’ for dribbles completed.
As such, it is no real surprise that Gyokeres is attracting the attention of an array of top-flight clubs, with it looking as if he could well prove to be the answer to Leeds’ Bamford problem.