Leeds in Jan battle to sign international centre-forward from title-chasers - Sky Sports journalist
Leeds United are in the hunt to sign Derby forward Chris Martin, according to a reliable journalist.
Sky Sports reporter Rob Dorsett claimed on his personal Twitter account on Monday that Leeds are keen on signing Martin, 29, on loan until the end of the season but are facing a transfer battle with one of their Championship rivals.
It is understood that Cardiff are also interested in the Scotland international, however Derby are not happy to allow the former Norwich and Crystal Palace centre-forward to move to a promotion rival.
#dcfc in advanced talks with #ncfc over deal for striker Cameron Jerome. Also understand #lufc keen on taking Chris Martin on loan. #ccfc also keen, but Derby reluctant to let him go to a promotion rival.
— Rob Dorsett (@RobDorsettSky) January 15, 2018
Derby are in stunning form and are beginning the close down the gap to Wolves in the chase for the Championship title.
However Cardiff are just two points behind them in third place whereas Leeds are down in seventh, outside the play-off spots.
That means that the Yorkshire giants may have the chance to beat Neil Warnock to Martin, who has not started a league game in over a month for Derby.
Across all competitions this season, Martin has made 25 appearances but scored just one goal.
Football Insider verdict
Martin has not had a good season at all and is really struggling to find the goals for Leeds. However the target man is definitely an upgrade on what is currently available at Elland Road at the moment. Martin is strong, powerful and is a veteran of the Championship – exactly what Leeds need. Pierre-Michel Lasogga’s loan spell has not worked out and Jay-Roy Grot looks nowhere near up to scratch. It’s clear that the Whites want someone in the same mould of Chris Wood, but they just have not replaced the Kiwi’s goals which is the most important thing.
In other Leeds United news, the Whites are in the running to re-sign this Premier League forward as a £1.5million bid is readied by a high-flying club.
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