Photo: Yorkshire Evening Post
Speaking after the 5-1 victory against Newport County in the Carabao Cup, Leeds United boss Thomas Christiansen said he was “confident” that a new striker would arrive ahead of Saturday’s trip to Nottingham Forest.
A hat-trick from Kemar Roofe, and goals from Samuel Saiz and Ronaldo Vieira helped see off plucky Newport, but the main focus after the game was how Leeds would fill the gap left by Chris Wood, who joined Burnley in a £15 million, plus add-ons, deal yesterday.
With Caleb Ekuban on crutches following an injury sustained against Sunderland, and very few options to lead the line, United made their intentions clear that the sale of Chris Wood would be followed by the purchase of a replacement for the goalscorer.
And one player who looks very likely to join is Dutch forward, Jay-Roy Grot.
Transfer latest – deal for NEC Nijmegen's Jay-Roy Grot getting closer; he's due in England for talks with Leeds tomorrow. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) August 22, 2017
Grot, 19, is set for a medical tomorrow, as reported by Phil Hay (above), and will look to be signed well before the transfer window shuts at the start of September.
At 6 foot 4 inches, Grot certainly matches the presence that Wood had on the Leeds United starting line-up, but with a bid rejected for Boro striker, Rudy Gestede, it appears the club are looking for at least two new striking additions before the upcoming transfer deadline.
United’s chances of signing Gestede from Boro look to be slim despite preparing a second bid for the striker. After Boro’s Carabao Cup win against Scunthorpe, Garry Monk confirmed that he was under no pressure to sell players and that the players he wanted to see leave the club have already left the club.
— Scott Wilson (@Scottwilsonecho) August 22, 2017
It may force Leeds to look elsewhere, with the likes of Jordan Hugill from Preston recently linked with joining.
Christiansen also confirmed in his press conference that an agreement had been made not to feature Souleymane Doukara in the tie against Newport County, with the Frenchman set to head for the exit door and end a three-year stay at Elland Road.
It will be interesting to see who Doukara joins in terms of potential incomings at Elland Road, as reports last week suggested that Doukara had been offered to Preston, which may indicate that interest in Hugill could be fruitful and a potential part-exchange deal, plus cash, may be in Victor Orta’s thinking.