Leeds United could be dodging a bullet if Mbakogu fails to sign

Leeds United could miss out on signing Jerry Mbakogu as the Carpi striker is being eyed by Udinese, according to Tuttomercatoweb.

What’s the word?

The website cites the print edition of II Gazzatino as saying that Udinese are pondering a swoop for the forward at the end of the season.

According to the Daily Mail, Leeds first took an interest in Mbakogu in the January transfer window, but a move never came to fruition.

The publication states that the Yorkshire outfit could move for the striker when the market reopens, but it seems that they face competition.

Leeds have fallen in their hunt for Premier League promotion as they currently reside 14th in the Championship table, 12 points adrift of the playoff places.

Due to their hardships, the club could make some changes in the summer, but it looks as though they will have a battle on their hands to secure Mbakogu’s signature.

Would it be so bad if they missed out?

If Leeds’ season ends with a whimper then bringing in a new striker could boost the club, but only if he can provide quality in front of goal.

Mbakogu would be a big risk for many reasons; including the fact that he has only managed to score six goals in Serie B this season.

On top of that, the forward is currently on the sidelines with a knee injury and has not found the back of the net since the start of February.

If the Whites want a reliable striker then the Nigerian may not be the best option, particularly as he has no experience in English football.