Journalist details update on Leeds' active pursuit for additional first team firepower
Leeds United are struggling to find attacking players who are available or affordable in their hunt for additional firepower this month, according to a journalist.
The Yorkshire Evening Post’s Phil Hay has claimed in a conversation on his personal Twitter account that the Whites are actively hunting to bolster their forward line before the end of the January transfer window but that there are a lack of options available to manager Thomas Christiansen.
still looking for a striker but at the moment, struggling to find anything suitable/available or affordable out there.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) January 24, 2018
The club saw a host of new forwards arrive at Elland Road over the summer, with Ezgjan Alioski, Caleb Ekuban, Samu Saiz and Jay Roy Grot all signing permanent deals, while Pierre-Michel Lasogga arrived from Hamburg on a loan deal.
However none of those have offered the regular goals which Chris Wood did before his sale to Burnley in the summer, and it is natural winger Kemar Roofe, who has been utilised as a centre forward, leading the goal scoring ranks with 11 strikes this season, eight coming in the Championship.
Football Insider verdict
Christiansen knows that some added firepower up front could be the difference between securing promotion or missing out this season, and it is no wonder he is scouring the transfer market for a new hitman. However the January window can be a fickle time, with fellow second tier teams unwilling to strengthen their rivals, while overseas players appear to be reluctant to move mid-season. Can the Whites nail down a new signing before the end of the month? It looks set to be a tough task ahead for Victor Orta and his transfer team but things can change quickly in football, so it is definitely one to keep an eye out for.
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