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27th Dec, 2016 | 8:28pm

Leeds would contend the automatic spots if they signed this free-scoring 23-year-old in January

By Harvey Byrne

Leeds would move into contenders for the Championship automatic spots if they brought in Milwall striker Aiden O’Brien.

The Sun reported on Tuesday afternoon that Championship trio Fulham, Barnsley and QPR were in the hunt for the free-scoring 23-year-old.

However, given the lack of depth in the forward position, Garry Monk should also move for the up and coming player.

It is stated that the second tier clubs would look to offer £750,000 to Millwall to tempt them to depart with their star, which is a price well within Leeds’ price range.

The Yorkshire giants currently boast top scorer Chris Wood in their side, but behind him there is a serious lack of a consistent goal scorer.

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The Whites brought Marcus Antonsson in over the summer, but he has so far failed to adapt to life in England, while Souleymane Doukara can’t be depended on for goals.

Leeds did beat Preston convincingly 4-1 on Boxing Day without Wood, but if they are to remain in the hunt for promotion they must bring more goals into their side in the winter.

O’Brien has 10 goals and three assists in 26 appearances this season, while he has also starred on the left and the right of an attacking three on numerous occasions this season.

The forward would provide a real asset to Leeds and his pace and direct running would be the perfect foil to play off Wood and for him when the New Zealand international is missing.

In other Leeds transfer news, here are the loanee ratings so far this campaign.