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Leeds United have joined the chase to sign Wolves striker Nouha Dicko by Thursday, Football Insider sources understand.

The Championship giants are in the market for a new striker to replace Chris Wood and have identified Dicko as a top target to help bolster their attacking options at Elland Road.

A well-placed source has told Football Insider that Leeds have registered their interest in the in-demand forward, 25, who is attracting widespread interest ahead of the transfer deadline.

Hull have already had a £3million bid rejected for Dicko as they look to lure the player to the KCOM Stadium, while Queens Park Rangers are also interested in the former Wigan forward.

Wolves are willing to sell Dicko for the right price before Thursday’s transfer deadline with the club actively in the market to bring a new striker to Molineux.

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Dicko has been used as a substitute by new Wolves boss Nuno Espírito Santo in their first five Championship games, scoring the winner in the 3-2 win at Hull City earlier this month.

Dicko has battled back from a serious knee injury which forced him to miss almost the whole of the 2015-16 campaign after being injured in the 2-1 home win over Charlton in late August.

The France-born striker returned to action last October and he went on to make 32 appearances for Wolves last season, scoring five goals.

Dicko, who joined Wolves in January 2014 from Wigan, finished as top scorer in his first season at the club with 13 goals in 19 games to help the club win promotion from League One and he went on to score 15 goals the following season in the Championship before suffering his knee injury.

Leeds signed Dutch striker Jay-Roy Grot last week, but they still have funds available to bring in another forward and they could rival Hull and QPR for Dicko.

In other Leeds United transfer news, an £8million bid has been rejected for a Championship goal machine wanted by the club.

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