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Leeds could soon be offered £28m striker with 'pace, power and aggression' - journalist
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Leeds could soon be offered £28m striker with 'pace, power and aggression' - journalist

Leeds United are reportedly looking for reinforcements up front.

The Whites currently have Patrick Bamford, Rodrigo, Joe Gelhardt and Sam Greenwood as striker options.

And Bamford has had some injury issues in recent years.

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Therefore, it makes sense to have more strength in depth up front.

Fabrizio Romano recently told GiveMeSport that “the idea at Leeds is to keep the current squad and to add a striker”.

Aston Villa striker Ollie Watkins has recently emerged as a reported transfer target for Leeds.

The 26-year-old was not in the starting line-up for Villa’s opening day loss at Bournemouth.

He had to settle for a 24-minute cameo appearance off the bench.

“Typically, intermediaries start targeting obvious clubs”

This has led to questions about his future, and Dean Jones has now elaborated on the speculation.

The transfer insider told GiveMeSport: “What would happen in a situation like this is, typically, intermediaries start targeting obvious clubs when a player is made to feel like they don’t have much of a future.

“So, if that is the case with Watkins, like it’s been reported, then I would expect Leeds, Crystal Palace, Everton also be offered his services in the next week or so just to gauge how much interest there is out there.”

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“He’s got the lot”

Watkins has established himself as a reliable Premier League player since Villa paid Brentford £28million for his services in 2020.

In his two full campaigns in the top-flight, he has registered 25 goals and seven assists in 73 appearances.

Watkins has also made his England breakthrough over the past 18 months, winning seven caps.

“I don’t think there is a limit for Ollie,” the Daily Mail quotes Villa boss Steven Gerrard as saying last season.

“He’s got the lot – pace, power, aggression.

“He has really stepped forward in the two weeks I have been here, and he will grow.

“He will enjoy the style we play so there isn’t a ceiling for him.”

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