COMMENT By Dominic Toner

Leeds should attempt to sign Middlesbrough forward David Nugent in the January transfer window as they try to compete for promotion.

The Northern Echo reported on Wednesday that Leeds were interested in the striker alongside Sheffield Wednesday and Preston.

The Whites should step up their pursuit of the 31-year-old and he could be the answer to manager Garry Monk’s problem, who only has Chris Wood as a recognised goal scorer in his squad.

Leeds are currently occupying a play-off position in fifth, but will need to sustain their good form as they are involved in a hotly contested race for promotion and could be in trouble if Wood picks up a serious injury.

Nugent is a proven scorer in the Championship and could be the perfect solution for the Yorkshire club.

The striker has netted 103 goals in 306 appearances in England’s second tier and has tasted promotion to the Premier League with Leicester and Middlesbrough.

He played with Wood during his time at Leicester and the pair could reform their partnership at Elland Road.

Nugent is currently on the fringes of the Middlesbrough squad and has made just five appearances across all competitions this season for the top flight club.

The one-time capped England intentional has not been given a fair opportunity to impress, something he could certainly still do at Elland Road.

The forward would give Leeds a 100 per cent commitment on the pitch and he is well known for his hard work in attack.

Nugent has proven to be one of the most clinical finishers in the Championship during recent years and will be a fantastic experienced addition to Monk’s side.

In other Leeds news, Monk has delivered a Twitter battlecry ahead of the Boxing Day clash against Preston.