By Danny Wright

8th Aug, 2017 | 7:05am

Leeds emerge in pole position in race for Champions League forward - report

By Danny Wright

Leeds have joined the race with Hull and Nottingham Forest for Astana striker Junior Kabananga, according to a report.

New outlet TeamTalk claims that the 28-year-old is valued at £1.5million, but none of the three clubs interested in signing him have made a bid at this stage.

It is understood that Leeds are in pole position to land the striker, who has helped Astana reach the play-off round of the Champions League, where they will play Celtic later this month.

He has played in all four fixtures in the Kazakhstan top-flight side’s European campaign so far, scoring one goal and supplying one assist in the process.

The season in Kazakhstan is still in place having started in March, and Kabananga has found the net 14 times in 21 league appearances.

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The 16-times DR Congo international moved to Astana in 2015 after a spell in Belgium which saw him turn out for the likes of Anderlecht and Cercle Brugge.

Leeds already have four traditional strikers on their books at Elland Road, but look like they could be adding a fourth despite making use of the lone-striker role in their tactics.

Chris Wood is very much the first-choice man up front while summer signing Caleb Ekuban, Souleymane Doukara and Marcus Antonsson provide back-up options.

Football Insider Verdict

Kabananga might not be willing to switch Champions League for the Championship, especially if his team manages to reach the group stage of the competition. His side, Astana, are also in a good position to take the league title in Kazakhstan, which means that he could look to stay there just to pursue the silverware. Leeds have already signed Ekuban this summer meaning that they are already over-stocked in the attacking area. If Leeds really want Kabananga, they should really be looking to sell Doukara and Antonsson first, because neither are near the first-team at the moment and will only slip further down the pecking order should Thomas Christiansen decide to sign the DR Congo international.

In other Leeds news, fans have reacted on Twitter to the news of yet another defender signing.

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