By Pete O'Rourke

9th Jan, 2020 | 4:52pm

Sources: Leeds turn attention to 32yo with 15 PL starts this season in new striker twist

Leeds United have turned their attention to Sheffield United striker David McGoldrick as they step up January signing plans, Football Insider can reveal.

United manager Marcelo Bielsa admitted at his media briefing today he wants a new forward to replace Eddie Nketiah, who was recalled by Arsenal last week.

A Leeds source has told Football Insider that McGoldrick is on their radar amid interest in him this month from multiple Premier League and Championship clubs.

The Yorkshire giants regard the veteran front man, 32, as a more viable target that his teammate Billy Sharp.

Leeds have been linked with Sharp in recent weeks but he is not a player the club are currently looking at.

McGoldrick is a forward they are monitoring as the Championship big hitters look to provide cover and competition for Patrick Bamford.

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The former Ipswich Town, Southampton and Nottingham Forest forward has made 15 Premier League starts among 18 appearances for the Blades this season.

He has not scored for Chris Wilder’s side but has a strong Championship record, where his 318 appearances have yielded 75 goals and 30 assists.

Bielsa made it clear today he wants to bring in a replacement for Nketiah, but insisted he will only recruit a striker who can add a new dimension to his squad.

Che Adams is United’s first choice striker target and they are watching developments with him closely despite Southampton’s public ‘hands-off’ stance.

Football Insider first broke the news of Leeds’ interest in Adams on 20 December and they are in pole position ahead of rival Championship clubs to sign him on loan if Southampton allow him to leave by the 31 January cut-off.

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