Leeds United are reportedly ready to spring a surprise by trying to sign two strikers in the January window – with a Senegal World Cup star the latest to be linked with a move to Elland Road.
The Whites sit in 15th position in the Premier League table with the season breaking for the World Cup. Jesse Marsch’s side have pulled off some excellent wins at Liverpool and at home to Chelsea, though are generally dogged by incosistency. And while goalscoring has not been an issue of late, with seven goals in their last two games, they have been guilty of misfiring in front of goal.
Indeed, the main concerns at Leeds revolve around Patrick Bamford. The one-time England cap is closing in on a year without a goal. And while most of his issues have been a result of a string of injuries, his lack of confidence in front of goal has been there for all to see.
Leeds also have a decision to make on this season’s top goalscorer Rodrigo. The Spaniard has finally illustrated this season why Leeds splashed out a club-record fee for his signature, with nine goals in 13 appearances.
That streak includes five goals in his four games, to underline his importance to Marsch’s side.
However, his deal is due to expire in July 2024 and Leeds must decide whether to extend his stay or cash in this summer.
And the longer Leeds leave it, the more they know that Rodrigo’s valuation will decrease.
As such, it’s little surprise to see Leeds scouring the market for attacking recruits in January.
Leeds looking for two January attacking signings
Indeed, Leeds are reportedly casting their eye over a number of potential additions, with Noa Lang among those in their sights.
Another name recently linked is Atletico Madrid’s unsettled frontman Matheus Cunha.
Now transfer journalist Dean Jones, speaking to Givemesport, reckons Leeds could actually be looking for more than one addition.
“I think he’ll sign two different sorts of attackers in the next window.
“Who these guys are could basically determine whether Marsch stays in the job there or not, so he’s got to get the right man.”
Speaking last week about Lang, Jones also said: “They probably will be in the race when the time comes.
“But, Noa Lang’s got this global reputation, whereby probably 10, 12 teams are watching Noa Lang at the moment, just waiting to decide whether it’s time to push the button and actually go through with a bid for a player who’s got such potential.”
Leeds take a look at Boulaye Dia
United are on Tuesday also reportedly casting their eye over another World Cup star in Senegal striker Boulaye Dia.
The 26-year-old was a starter on Monday as his nation began their 2022 World Cup with a 2-0 defeat the the Netherlands. Dia lasted 69 minutes before being replaced by summer Leeds target Bamba Dieng.
The striker is owned by Villarreal but is spending this season on loan with Salernitana. And the attacker has caught the eye for the Serie A side with six goals and two assists from 14 appearances for the 12th-placed side.
And per il Gazzetta dello Sport, the player is hoping to use the World Cup as a platform to secure his dream move to the Premier League.
As such, the paper hints that a potential move to Elland Road would certainly interest the player. He appears a long way down Villarreal’s pecking order, despite having a contract to summer 2026.
Indeed, Salernitana’s loan for the player also contains an option to make the move permanent for a fee of around £13m (€15m).
As such, Dia will be allowed to leave in 2023, after scoring just five times in 25 LaLiga appearances for the Yellow Submarine.
Prior to his move to Villarreal, Dia played for Reims in Ligue 1, where he scored 28 times in 88 appearances.
Dia also has 20 caps for Senegal, scoring three times.