By Danny Wright

23rd Aug, 2017 | 12:48pm

Forget Gestede: Leeds must hijack reported Monk pursuit of Championship goal machine

COMMENT By Danny Wright

Leeds have just a matter of days to try and replace Chris Wood after he sealed his £15million switch to Burnley earlier this week with transfer deadline day just around the corner.

It has been widely reported that the Whites have launched a bid for Middlesbrough attacker Rudy Gestede with the hope of filling the void left by the New Zealand international.

However Thomas Christiansen and co are simply barking up the wrong tree with their pursuit of Gestede and instead should look to rile up former Elland Road boss Garry Monk and hijack his bid to land Brentford attacker Jota.

Sky Sports reporter Keith Downie has claimed on his personal Twitter account that Boro have had a £4.5million bid, with add-ons, rejected for the 26-year-old Spaniard, and at that sort of price, Leeds should look to forget Gestede and instead join the race for the Brentford ace.

Jota is primarily a right winger, but he is also able to play as a striker and his goal scoring record from last season proves that he is capable of playing in that role.

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After returning to Brentford from a loan spell at Eibar in La Liga, Jota became somewhat of a goal machine as he found the net 12 times in 21 appearances in the Championship while also supplying five assists.

Gestede has been playing on the wing for Boro this season and like Jota can play as a centre-forward, however the Spaniard would not only represent a cheaper buy that the Benin international, he is also in much better form.

A massive plus point for the Leeds fans would to also be getting one over Monk, who is eyeing further improvements to his Middlesbrough side after he left Elland Road in May.

With Monk annoyed, less money spent and a Championship goal machine in the bag – this deal is a no-brainer for Leeds.

In other Leeds news, Christiansen has confirmed that this 25-year-old is close to leaving the club.

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