By Alex Stevens
Leeds have made enquiries about signing League Two leading scorer Omar Bogle, according to a report.
Sky Sports claim on their transfer centre blog (Friday, 4.49pm) that the Championship big hitters are in a three-horse race with second tier rivals Brentford and Rotherham to land the Grimsby spearhead.
It is said that Leeds and Brentford have made approaches with Bogle’s club Grimsby about capturing the forward in the final days of the January transfer window.
This comes after Rotherham had three bids rejected by Grimsby for the 24-year-old, with the final one amounting to £850,000.
It appears that the fourth-tier club are holding out for a higher sum for Bogle, who has been the most prolific player in the division this season.
The Birmingham-born front man has been in outstanding goalscoring form for Grimsby this season, scoring 19 goals in 26 league matches and providing five assists.
The former non-league forward has a fine record since joining Grimsby from non-league outfit Solihull in the summer of 2015, with 76 games in all appearances for the club yielding 35 goals and 15 assists.
Leeds have made it clear they are in the market for attacking reinforcements before next Tuesday’s transfer window cut-off with manager Garry Monk claiming a striker is a “priority”.
Football Insider verdict:
Leeds signed Kemar Roofe on the back of a brilliant campaign in League Two and have turned their attention to Bogle after similar headline-grabbing exploits in the fourth tier. There is no doubt the striker has some rough edges to his game but his blitz of goals since graduating from semi-professional to the Football League make him an attractive target. He might take some time to get used to the higher standards of the Championship where space is more limited – as Roofe did – but the signs are he has enough attributes to provide better cover for Chris Wood than Leeds currently have.
In other Leeds news, there has been a finale in a major deal after a £7million Leeds bid was tabled.