By Danny Wright
Leeds have tabled a bid for Middlesbrough attacker Rudy Gestede, according to a reliable journalist.
Guardian Sport deputy news editor Ed Aarons claimed on his personal Twitter account on Monday afternoon that the Whites had lodged a seven-figure offer worth £6million for Gestede, 28, following the confirmation Chris Wood’s switch to Burnley.
Leeds have made a £6m bid for Middlesbrough striker Rudy Gestede #lufc
— Ed Aarons (@ed_aarons) August 21, 2017
The New Zealand international, 25, is widely reported to have fetched Leeds £15million with his sale to the Premier League Clarets and they seem to have moved fast in trying to find a replacement after owner Andrea Radrizzani promised the supporters that the money will be reinvested back into the squad.
Gestede has featured in all four of Middlesbrough’s opening Championship fixtures, scoring the only goal in his side’s 1-0 win over Sheffield United a week and a half ago.
The Benin international attacker is usually a striker but has been playing out on the left wing in recent weeks with Britt Assombalonga leading the attack of ex-Leeds boss Garry Monk, who took charge of the Riverside earlier this summer.
Former Aston Villa striker Gestede has only scored three goals in 23 appearances across all competitions for Boro ever since he signed for them in January for around £6million.
Football Insider Verdict
It would be very underwhelming if Leeds got hold of Gestede. He hasn’t been in the best form recently and there could be a lot more done with the £15million pocketed from selling Wood. However it seems that Radrizzani and Thomas Christiansen may want to either save that money until January, or look to strengthen other areas of the squad. Both would be wise moves, but Gestede’s form in recent seasons suggests that he might not be a good purchase for Leeds. Caleb Ekuban looks equally able to get as money goals as the Benin international, however he cannot do it alone this season. A loan raid of a Premier League side might be a good options for the Whites.