By Will Butcher

Leeds are set to rival Championship duo Sheffield Wednesday and Preston for Middlesbrough’s David Nugent, according to a report.

The Northern Echo claim Garry Monk’s side are interested in Boro’s striker because of his ability at Championship level, where he has scored 103 times in 306 games.

However, they will not be alone in their pursuit of the one-time England international, as Preston and Sheffield Wednesday also look to sign Boro’s number 35.

Leeds are looking to sign a striker in January to beef up their attacking options, as Monk looks to take the weight off of top scorer Chris Wood’s shoulders.

The Yorkshire giants are reportedly in talks with West Ham over a £2million move for Ashley Fletcher, but could look to Nugent if that does not materialise.

Swede Marcus Antonsson has failed to make an impact at Elland Road since his £2million move with just three goals in three months, and bringing in Nugent with proven Championship experience would guarantee goals.

Nugent is currently out of favour on Teesside, with the likes of Alvaro Negredo, Cristhian Stuani and Jordan Rhodes ahead of him in the striker pecking order after making just five appearances this season.

Football Insider verdict:

A move to Elland Road for the 31-year-old attacker would benefit all three parties. Middlesbrough would be receiving a fee for Nugent, as he has 18 months remaining on his Riverside Stadium contract and the club will be looking to raise funds for their own investment in January. Nugent will be desperate to move, as his career begins to dwindle at Boro. Now into his thirties, the striker will be looking to get the most out of his last few years in professional football and a move to Leeds could provide that. Monk’s side would be receiving a proven goal machine in the second tier of English football, and would therefore be a top signing.

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