By Harvey Byrne
Former Leeds boss and current Middlesbrough manager Garry Monk is keen to keep hold of powerful striker Rudy Gestede after rejecting a seven-figure bid from the Elland Road giants, according to a reliable journalist.
Sky Sports north east reporter Keith Downie revealed on his personal Twitter account on Wednesday that the bid Boro rejected for the 28-year-old forward was worth £5million with Monk wanting to retain the services of the Benin international this season.
The bid Middlesbrough turned down from Leeds for Rudy Gestede was £5m. Garry Monk is keen to keep the Benin striker.
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) August 23, 2017
Leeds are currently on the search for a new striker after the sale of Chris Wood to Burnley for a fee thought to be worth £15million.
Meanwhile, Middlesbrough have spent £15million themselves on a forward this summer with the addition of Britt Assombalonga from Nottingham Forest.
Monk is now keen to keep his squad together as he looks to push for promotion this season, but Gestede, who has scored once in four appearances this season may look to become the main striker elsewhere.
Football Insider verdict:
Gestede is a very similar forward to Wood in that he is strong, tall and leads the line well. However, he also lacks the finishing qualities that the New Zealand international possesses and if Leeds are to win promotion then they need someone who can bag 20 goals at Championship level. Gestede does not strike as that sort of player and while the attacking midfielders can contribute with goals themselves it is worth noting that Leeds had been held to two 0-0 draws already this season with Wood still in their side, while the New Zealander’s goals were a major reason why the club finished in seventh place in the last campaign. However, if Leeds can also get one over Monk, as he wants to keep Gestede then fans will surely support the decision.
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