By Alex Stevens

Leeds have joined the race to sign prolific Grimsby striker Omar Bogle, according to a reliable journalist.

Guardian deputy sports news editor Ed Aarons took to Twitter on Friday afternoon to reveal that Rotherham have tabled an £800,000 bid for the goal machine.

Aarons also reported on his personal Twitter account that the Yorkshire club’s Championship rivals Leeds and Norwich are “expected to come in” for Bogle.

Bogle, 24, has been in outstanding goalscoring form for League Two side 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 Solihull in the summer of 2015, with 76 matches for the club yielding 35 goals and 15 assists.

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Leeds have made it clear they are in the market for attacking reinforcements, with manager Garry Monk claiming a striker is a “priority”.

The Yorkshire giants have been most strongly linked with West Ham fringe striker Ashley Fletcher, whose game time has only been intermittent in his first season at the club.

Speaking on Friday afternoon, Monk explained that he is prepared for Alex Mowatt to be sold – it has been reported that the midfielder has agreed a two-and-a-half year contract with Barnsley –  if the players he has identified arrive in the next four days.

“We definitely need two, but it will only be players that can add quality,” said Monk, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Monk’s comments appear designed to make clear his stance that he expects to be backed by co-owners Massimo Cellino and Andrea Radrizzani in the final days of the window.

Leeds are pushing strongly for a return to the Premier League on the back of a string of impressive results either side of the new year.

They beat Nottingham Forest in midweek to climb to third in the Championship and within seven points of the second automatic position, currently occupied by Newcastle.

In other Leeds news, there has been a finale in a major deal after a £7million Leeds bid was tabled.

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