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Darren Bent believes Leeds United could make “the perfect signing” in January by recruiting Barnsley attacker Cauley Woodrow.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the former England striker admitted he likes Woodrow and thinks the centre-forward is ready to play at the next level.

It was recently reported that the Whites were looking at signing the 25-year-old forward but he may be difficult to get.

Bent revealed that he thinks Woodrow is better than Leeds’ current first-choice striker Patrick Bamford and tipped the Barnsley man to be able to outscore Bamford upon arriving.

When asked if it’s a smart move for Leeds to want Woodrow, Bent told Football Insider: “Yeah, it would be.

“Funnily enough I was with Cauley last week because he is sitting through an injury, so I was with him while Derby were playing Barnsley and we were having a chat and that.

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“He’s ready for the next level, I like Cauley, I’ve rated him ever since he was at Fulham, he’s a player that can play No.9 and get you goals, but he’s a lot more intelligent than that.

“He can play the No.10 role for Barnsley, he’s got two good feet, he’s a good finisher, he’s strong.

“He’s a willing worker so I think he’ll be the perfect signing for Leeds, also as well when he was at Fulham, he did do well.

“He was asked to do a lot there when he was a young kid, so he got a lot of minutes, more than he was probably expecting, so I think it’ll be a good step for him (to join Leeds) and he’ll be the perfect foil for Bamford as well.

“Bamford is in the team as he works hard and scores the odd goal, but I think Woodrow has a bit more quality and I think he will score more goals, so I’m all for it.”

Woodrow has managed to score nine goals in 23 outings for Barnsley this season, while also racking up one assist.

The former Fulham youngster has been with Barnsley on a permanent basis since January 2019 and is contracted to stay with the Championship club until 2022.

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