Leeds edge Sheffield Wednesday in race to land 23-year-old attacker - sources

By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens

Leeds are in pole position to land Greek striker Dimitri Diamantakos, Football Insider sources understand.

The Championship giants have been linked with a move for the 23-year-old, who currently plays for German second division side Karlsruhe.

A well-placed source has told Football Insider that Leeds have held third-party talks with player and are confident they are edging the race to sign him in the summer.

Diamantakos is a versatile forward who can play in any of the front three attacking positions. He has scored six goals in 19 games this season and his progress has been recognised by the Greece national team, who have capped him twice.

Leeds are in the market for a new forward in the summer as doubts remain over whether joint top scorer Mirco Antenucci will be given a new contract.

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Manager Steve Evans has backed Chris Wood to be a far more regular scorer next season, claiming the New Zealand international will plunder 20-plus goals next season if he stays fit.

Sheffield Wednesday have also been tipped to make a move for Diamantakos, although they already have a strong compliment of strikers in Fernando Forestieri, Gary Hooper and Lucas Joao.

The investment of Thai businessman Dejphon Chansiri has made them a force to be reckoned with in the Championship and their transfer plans will depend upon if they are successful in earning promotion.

In other Leeds new, a member of Evans’ backroom staff has decided to quit at the end of the season.