As per The Sun, manager Jesse Marsch is keen on adding the Englishman to his squad this summer as he bids to bolster his centre-forward options, albeit with uber-rich Newcastle United also set to battle it out for the 26-year-old.
The report suggests that Thomas Frank’s side will be ‘reluctant’ to cash in on their prize asset in the current window, although an offer of around £30m could potentially tempt them into a sale.
This follows speculation that the Elland Road outfit are also eyeing a deal for Paris Saint-Germain starlet Arnaud Kalimuendo, with the club seemingly working to add increased firepower to the current squad.
Although the report suggests that Marsch could be looking to partner the former Peterborough man in attack with current number nine, Patrick Bamford, a more likely scenario would see the Bees ace replace his compatriot as the club’s leading man.
That fact has largely been influenced by the recent injury woes suffered by the latter, with Bamford having been absent for the majority of last season, eventually making just nine appearances in the top tier, scoring two goals.
The year prior had seen the 28-year-old record an impressive haul of 17 league goals – earning international recognition in the process – although his inability to stay fit has seemingly seen Marsch and co turn their attentions elsewhere, with the former Chelsea man unable to be relied upon.
The £31k-per-week marksman netted a staggering 33 goals in the Championship during the 2020/21 campaign, before adding a further 12 goals and five assists in the top-flight last term, having made a smooth transition to life at a higher level.
Not just an impressive goal-getter, the Northampton-born menace has also caught the eye for his hold-up play and defensive qualities, notably ranking in the top 5% for clearances made and the top 12% for aerial duels won in comparison to those in his position across Europe’s top five leagues.
A real handful when leading the line, the 5-foot-10 machine seemingly has all the attributes to be a success for the Whites, with it perhaps time that the club phase out Bamford from his regular starting berth.