Britt Assombalonga has been put up for sale by Middlesbrough, as reported by The Sunday People [via The Daily Star].
The Championship club need to reduce their wage bill during the January transfer window, with offloading the striker being seen as a way of achieving that.
This opens the door for Leeds to sign the 27-year-old, having already shown interest in him during the window.
Marcelo Bielsa is said to be keen to bring Assombalonga to Elland Road and Middlesbrough’s stance will leave Jonathan Woodgate powerless to stop him.
The main potential roadblock for the move is Bristol City, who are also said to be interested in signing the Championship forward.
This does potentially leave Bielsa and the decision-makers at Leeds with a decision to make on their striker situation.
They are in definite need of a new frontman, following Eddie Nketiah’s recall by Arsenal, but the question is now about who they bring in.
Phil Hay has reported that things are going well in regard to the club signing Jean-Kevin Augustin from RB Leipzig, with his loan at AS Monaco set to be cut short.
While one striker is a must, Leeds could now need to pick between the two forwards, or could even bring in both, though the latter option seems fairly unlikely.
That is because they already have Patrick Bamford, who has scored ten goals and got two assists in the Championship so far this term.
When Marcelo Bielsa arrived at Leeds, he made it clear that he likes to have a small squad, as reported by Leeds Live: “I like to have a trimmed down, lean squad that’s not too top heavy in terms of numbers and the numbers in the squad so everyone is getting regular game time.”
Therefore, it is highly unlikely that he would want three strikers fighting for one spot. The club’s hierarchy must now make a choice.