By Will Butcher
Leeds are at the front of the queue to sign Chievo Verona forward Caleb Ekuban, according to a report.
GhanaSoccerNet claim the Yorkshire giants have made contact with Chievo over the possibility of signing the Ghanaian forward but will face competition for his signature.
The report states that Cypriot giants APOEL Nicosia are also interested in the 23-year-old, who spent the 2016-17 season on loan with Albanian top-tier side FK Partizani.
Ekuban scored 18 goals in 42 league and cup appearances this season, as he fired Partizani to second place in the Albanian Superliga and three points behind champions Kukesi.
It is believed that several clubs are interested with offers on the table for the centre-forward, who can also play on the right flank and in attacking midfield.
Leeds are likely to be in the market for a new striker this summer, as the managerless Championship outfit look to provide top scorer Chris Wood with top-quality back-up.
Ekuban has now returned to his parent club as he awaits a decision on his future with Leeds set to rival a handful of clubs to claim the versatile attacker.
The Whites have already made a signing this summer, bringing Hadi Sacko to Elland Road on a permanent basis from Sporting Lisbon for a fee of £1.5million.
Football Insider verdict:
Ekuban is very much an unknown quantity and extensive scouting must be done before bringing the striker to Elland Road. He is yet to play for Chievo and has little experience with any top-tier sides in any of Europe’s biggest leagues, and Leeds must be careful in bringing Ekuban to Yorkshire as he is very much an unproven player. However, he could turn out to be a gem of a find, with Wood in desperate need of someone to take the weight off of his shoulders in finding the back of the net on a regular basis. However, the signing of Ekuban would spell the end of Marcus Antonsson’s spell at Leeds, after a disappointing 2016-17 campaign.
In other Leeds transfer news, this 23-year-old winger is set to leave Elland Road this summer with multiple clubs after his signature.