Leeds made last-ditch bid to sign top flight striker duo - report
By Alex Stevens
Leeds failed in last-ditch bids to sign striker duo Yaya Sanogo and Ashley Fletcher during the summer window, according to a report.
Manager Garry Monk admitted he would “have loved” to sign another front man before the transfer window cut-off on 31 August but the Yorkshire giants were unable to clinch a deal.
The Yorkshire Evening Post claim Leeds’ attempts to sign Arsenal outcast Sanogo and West Ham’s Fletcher came to nothing during a whirlwind of business at Elland Road this summer.
Central midfielder Eunan O’Kane became Leeds’ 11th new recruit on deadline day, signing from Bournemouth on a two-year deal.
““Ideally I would have loved to have added another striker, that would have made that area more competitive, but the club deserve credit for what they’ve done,” Monk said, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post. “Overall it’s been a successful window.”
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The Sun claimed on deadline day that Leeds have made an approach for Sanogo, 23, but Gunners manager Arsene Wenger is said to have rejected the deal.
He told Leeds that he wanted to keep the misfiring striker in north London despite the headline signing from Deportivo La Coruna of Lucas Perez, who will compete with Olivier Giroud for the senior spearhead role.
Fletcher was also targeted but a deal could not be secured due to the former Manchester United man’s increasing significance in Slaven Bilic’s first-team plans.
Partly due to a forward crisis, Fletcher started West Ham’s last match before the international break, a 3-1 defeat at Manchester City.
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