In Focus: Leeds still in market for new forward

According to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Leeds United are still in the market for a new forward ahead of the start of the 2017-18 Championship campaign.

What’s the story?

Leeds, who just missed out on the Championship playoffs last season, will open their new league campaign with a trip to Bolton Wanderers on Sunday afternoon.

Head coach Thomas Christiansen has already boosted his attack with the likes of Samu Saiz, Hadi Sackho and Caleb Ekuban in this summer’s transfer window, but according to the Yorkshire Evening Post, the 44-year-old still wants another striker.

Leeds have last season’s top scorer in the Championship – Chris Wood – in their ranks, but it is being reported that another new attacker will arrive at Elland Road.

Souleymane Doukara and Marcus Antonsson are both still with the Whites, although it is understood that both could leave the Championship club before the end of next month.

Who have Leeds missed out on so far?

Ashley Fletcher was linked with a move to Elland Road when it became clear that the 21-year-old would leave West Ham United, but he joined Middlesbrough in a £6.5m deal last week.

Experienced Spain forward Alvaro Negredo has been mentioned in the same breath as Leeds, although it is understood that the 31-year-old is ‘too expensive’.

Negredo is back with Valencia after spending the 2016-17 campaign on loan at Middlesbrough, but he is surplus to requirements at the Mestalla.

Liverpool’s Danny Ings and Middlesbrough’s Patrick Bamford have also been linked with Leeds, but there has been no concrete reports in recent weeks.

The fact that Wood is set to stay at Elland Road means that the Leeds attack will again be feared in the new campaign, but there is no doubting that they are short in the final third, and it is no surprise that Christiansen is targeting fresh blood before the window slams shut.