Leeds in three-club race for 27-time international striker - report
By Harvey Byrne
Leeds are in a three-club race for Brighton striker Tomer Hemed, according to a report.
The Sun have claimed on their website that the Yorkshire giants alongside league rivals Reading and Derby are all plotting a move for the 30-year-old, who helped the Seagulls win promotion to the Premier League last season.
Leeds are said to want to add more firepower to their side following the departure of star Chris Wood to Burnley earlier in the week and it is said that Brighton would now be open to allowing Hemed to leave before the transfer deadline following the arrival of Raphael Dwamena.
Hemed himself started Brighton’s league opener against Manchester City before starting from the bench in the clash against Leicester where he was handed 24 minutes of playing time.
He and Brighton finished both matches goalless, but last season he returned 14 goals in 41 matches in all competitions for Chris Hughton’s side.
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The 27-time capped Israel international does however have just one year remaining on his contract on the south coast.
Football Insider verdict:
Leeds need someone who can bag at least 20 goals to replace Wood this summer and that quite simply is not Hemed. The striker only managed 11 Championship goals for the promotion winning Brighton side last season despite playing in 37 matches and his overall record reads 28 strikes in 81 outings in the English second tier. If Leeds replace Wood with Hemed then that will be very much frowned upon by the club’s fan base and it may even cost them a promotion place. Leeds earned £15million from Wood’s sale and they must now reinvest that in the squad.
In other Leeds transfer news, the Yorkshire giants have been installed as favourites to sign 25-year-old from Premier League giants.