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8th Aug, 2017 | 12:00pm

Leeds 2016 summer signing being monitored by English club - report

By Harvey Byrne

English League One side Blackburn are among the clubs monitoring Leeds striker Marcus Antonsson, according to a report.

The Yorkshire Evening Post have claimed on their website that a number of sides are looking at the 26-year-old, who joined from Swedish side Kalmar just last summer.

The Ewood Park club are specifically named in the report and it is said that Tony Mowbray’s side are looking at a deal to take the Swedish national on loan before the end of the summer’s transfer window.

There was a lot of expectation placed on Antonsson last summer after he signed from Kalmar for an undisclosed fee after bagging a fine 25 goals in 47 appearances in total for the Swedish club.

However, since joining Leeds he has scored just three goals in 21 appearances in total and he was omitted from the season opening clash against Bolton on Sunday with both Chris Wood and Caleb Ekuban favoured.

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Antonsson has two years remaining on his contract at Elland Road, but a loan to England’s third tier could be his next move.

Football Insider verdict:

With Wood in the team it is going to be hard for any striker to break into Thomas Christiansen’s side. The New Zealand striker has hit the best form of his career in the past year and is looking one of the best forwards’ in the Championship. Therefore, Leeds are only realistically going to be able to attract someone who is happy to fill the squad and play a lesser role. However, you still have to show some sign of ability to be able to do that and so far in his Leeds career Antonsson has not shown that. Therefore, a loan move to League One is the best for all parties and he could even return after a year of playing football for Leeds as a valuable squad player.

In other Leeds transfer news, fans have reacted to reported interest in Champions League striker.

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