According to reports in The Guardian, Leeds United have submitted a £6m bid for Middlesbrough striker Rudy Gestede as they look to find a replacement for Chris Wood, who left to join Burnley in a £15m deal on Monday.
The departure of the New Zealand international, who scored 30 goals in all competitions for the Yorkshire outfit last term, will likely see Whites boss Thomas Christiansen dip into the transfer market with just Caleb Ekuban and Souleymane Doukara the only out-and-out strikers the club has right now.
The 28-year-old has suffered three successive relegations from the Premier League with Blackburn Rovers, Aston Villa and last time out with Boro, but he showed just how prolific he can be at this level by scoring 32 goals across two seasons and 60 Championship appearances for the former.
Leeds supporters were quick to have their say on the rumour via social media, and they were divided with their opinions.
While some feel that the Benin international is better than Wood, others would rather “not sign anyone”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Really?? Gestede? What a lazy half arsed option that is. Boro cast off no thanks.
— Andy (@VacantFaith81) August 21, 2017
I'm sorry but saying you'll reinvest the wood money and buying gestede isn't good enough!
— David Matthews (@_D_Matthews) August 21, 2017
— John Phillips (@leedsunitedJohn) August 21, 2017
Gestede is not good enough ! FFS
— John Stark (@Kirkstallflyer) August 21, 2017
Would be extremely disappointing from my point of view. Even Lasse Vibe from Brentford I would prefer over Gestede. #lufc
— Mr. Shields (@MrShieldsPE) August 21, 2017
Gestede has recently played in struggling teams he might be a different player in a winning team like #lufc
— nigel stanley (@nigelLUFC) August 21, 2017
In recent years Gestede is one of the few players I've seen play that I would class as genuinely awful – I'd rather not sign anyone
— Jon Dodson (@jondod1) August 21, 2017
Lol. You have no idea bro. Gestede is a class above that hack Wood
— jm (@jonomount) August 21, 2017
Gestede is not good enough especially for £6m, not seen Grot but has youth on his side
— 25+75=15 (@weggy71) August 21, 2017