By Kevin Phillips

1st Jan, 2021 | 8:00am

'Great Business' - Exclusive: Leeds approach to sign £10m striker on loan-to-buy excites pundit

Kevin Phillips has given his endorsement to Leeds United signing a new striker in the January transfer window.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former England forward claimed the capture of Fiorentina front man Christian Kouame would be “great business”.

It has been reported in Italy by La Nazione and Corriere Fiorentino that Leeds have made an approach for the Ivorian 23-year-old as well as his midfielder teammate Erick Pulgar.

It is said the Whites have a “concrete” interest in the pair and loan-to-buy deals are mooted this month.

The potential signing of Kouame makes sense as far as one prolific former forward is concerned.

“They need to sign another striker,” Phillips told Football Insider. “When you are building something you need players who can be interchangeable.

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“There is a lot of football to be played. If they lose Bamford there is nobody else.

“You think, ‘Who is going to play striker?’ It would be great business to go out and get somebody else, whether that be Kouame or not.”

Kouame has been capped three times by Ivory Coast and has played for a string of clubs in Italy including Fiorentina and Genoa.

He joined the Florence-based club last January on an initial loan that was converted into a permanent deal at a cost of £10million in the summer.

But the forward has not been prolific at the Serie A club, with his 22 appearances yielding two goals and two assists.

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