Leeds in race to sign £7m Premier League striker - report
By Dominic Toner
Leeds are interested in signing Bournemouth striker Lewis Grabban, according to a report.
The Mirror claimed on their transfer centre blog on Wednesday (21:20) that the Whites are interested in the 28-year-old and face competition from Championship rivals Brighton and Fulham.
The report details that all three club are hoping the forward can fire them to the Premier League in the second half of the season.
Bournemouth signed Grabban from Norwich last January for £7million as he re-joined from Norwich.
The striker made 16 appearances last campaign for Eddie Howe’s side and failed to score.
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He has endured another frustrating time with Bournemouth this season and has made just six appearances, scoring one goal in the EFL Cup.
Grabban has seen himself slide down the pecking order of attackers, with Callum Wilson, Benik Afobe and Josh King all preferred options.
However, the striker has proven himself in the Championship in the past and has a very strong record.
Grabban scored a combined total of 34 goals during two seasons in the Championship and proved unplayable for most defences.
Football Insider verdict:
Leeds should invest in Grabban in January as he can give Garry Monk’s side the extra bit of quality. Chris Wood has been the club’s best goal threat this season, but the Whites need some extra help if they are to maintain their play-off position and maybe even chase the automatic spots. Souleymane Doukara has shown his qualities as a central striker in recent weeks, but Leeds certainly need an extra forward option. Grabban would be a sensible buy as he has already proven himself in the Championship. His poor goal record at Bournemouth has only come through lack of goal time and Monk can be the man to get the best out of him. He would get lots of opportunities from a creative Leeds outfit and he has shown in the past he knows where the net is.
In other Leeds transfer news, Noel Whelan claims that the club’s player must contribute more to earn a new deal.