Colossus poised to sign four-year deal with Leeds, could debut v Nottingham Forest - report
By Danny Wright
Leeds are on the verge of completing the signing of Jay-Roy Grot after he completed his medical on Wednesday night, according to a report.
The Mirror claimed in their live transfer blog on Thursday [01:28am] that NEC Nijmegen striker Grot, 19, is poised to pen a four-year deal at Elland Road after he jetted in from the Netherlands on Wednesday to put the finishing touches to his £1.5million transfer.
The teenage colossus, who stands at 6ft 4ins, is set to join the Whites in the wake of Chris Wood’s £15million move to Burnley earlier this week.
It is also understood that Grot could earn his debut in Leeds’ trip to Nottingham Forest on Saturday as they return to Championship action following their Carabao Cup win over Newport County on Tuesday.
Dutch forward Grot scored six goals in 23 appearances for NEC last season but couldn’t do enough to stop his side from being relegated from the Eredivise.
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The Mirror also reports that Leeds are looking to make a second bid for Middlesbrough striker Rudy Gestede after having their first offer of £6million rejected.
Football Insider Verdict
It remains to be seen how well Grot will be able to adapt to life in England but he is still a young striker and will have plenty of time to find his feet in Yorkshire. He probably won’t be used as the first-choice forward this season with Caleb Ekuban and someone like Gestede likely to come in as well using the money garnered from Wood’s sale. Grot is a big, powerful striker and could be seen as the new, up-and-coming version of Wood. It’s a deal that Leeds supporters should certainly be excited about because it’s not every day that an exciting Dutch teenager is signed up for your club. Even though Wood, Charlie Taylor and Garry Monk left Elland Road this summer, Andrea Radrizzani has done a great job of lifting the mood at the club.