Report details Monk major priority Leeds signing in January window

By Alex Stevens

Garry Monk is prioritising the recruitment of a new Leeds striker in the January transfer window, according to a report.

The Yorkshire Evening Post claim the Elland Road manager is keen to strengthen his squad next month and his “major priority” is to sign a new forward.

The Leeds attack is currently spearheaded by Chris Wood, who has been in fine form this season after a slow start, scoring 12 goals from 22 appearances in all competitions.

The New Zealand international is understudied by Senegalese Souleymane Doukara and Swede Marcus Antonsson, who joined in the summer from Kalmar FF for around £2million.

Doukara, who led the front line in Tuesday’s 2-0 League Cup defeat to Liverpool while Wood was rested, has scored two goals this season.

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Antonsson, who has slipped to third in the pecking order, has netted three times but has struck only once in the league.

The report claims Monk wants more firepower as he aims to steer the club into the Premier League following a 12-year spell in the lower leagues.

Leeds had a poor start to the season under the 37-year-old former Swansea manager but have strung together an impressive sequence of results in recent months to climb to fifth in the Championship.

Monk’s side host big-hitting rivals Aston Villa at Elland Road on Saturday in an eagerly anticipated clash of the fallen giants.

In other Leeds transfer news, an England international is months away from signing for the club.