Leeds United are set to move for Middlesbrough striker Britt Assombalonga, according to The Mirror.
The Whites are desperate for a striker to come in this month, having seen Eddie Nketiah return to Arsenal.
Assombalonga has been at the Riverside Stadium since 2017, signing from Nottingham Forest for £15 million (BBC).
The 27-year-old is a quality goalscorer in the Championship. In 175 games in the second tier, he has scored 65 goals making him a feared marksman.
Leeds were beaten 1-0 by QPR on Saturday to make it three games without a win in the league.
They have seen the chasing pack close the gap in recent weeks and Marcelo Bielsa desperately needs reinforcements.
Assombalonga hasn’t played since a 1-0 win over Charlton in early December due to an injury.
The Congolese international earns £35,000-a-week (Capology) at the Riverside. If Leeds could secure a player with a proven track record, however, it could set them back on track.
It doesn’t appear that Leeds fans would exactly welcome the Boro man to Elland Road.
Following the news, they have been reacting on Twitter and he seems quite low on some fans’ list of potential signings.
Here is a selection of tweets from supporters in the wake of the links to Assombalonga:
I know we are desperate but…
Would pay good money to watch him cope in a Bielsa Murderball training drill…
— Lucy (@Lucy_LUFC) January 21, 2020
If we get Assombalonga I’m hibernating
— Ashleigh (@ashlaurenn_) January 21, 2020
I don’t believe that Assombalonga story. I reckon it’s misdirection trying to get Watford to hurry up and agree to the Andre Gray deal. #lufc
— batesyV3 (@BatesyV3) January 21, 2020
Will be shocked if we are genuinely in for Assombalonga #lufc
— Josh Hobbs (@JoshAHobbs) January 21, 2020
Assombalonga would of been a good signing five years ago before he was crippled. I’d be distraught if he ended up with him this Januaury. Not good enough.
— Tommy Ellam (@Ellam9) January 21, 2020
Assombalonga is no better than Bamford tbh #lufc
— Neil (@OooahhBerardi) January 21, 2020
Assombalonga……I’d rather buy Pride Park for £80m.. #lufc
— Rayroob (@Rayroob) January 21, 2020
Assombalonga is made of biscuit he’d literally turn into mush playing under Bielsa ???
— Adam Webster (@adswebbo) January 21, 2020
I like Assombalonga as a player but hasn't played for Boro in 10 games, loves an injury aswell. Not an ideal target for January. Gray is probably our best option in terms of actually getting them over the line. #lufc
— OneMan Armystead ?? (@1ManArmytstead) January 21, 2020
Britt Assombalonga would be a awful signing! Never fit and just coming back from injury
— lufcmat (@Mathew1982) January 21, 2020
If we're seriously considering Assombalonga why not Karlan Grant? #lufc
— MB (@_MB92_) January 21, 2020
Britt Assombalonga is absolutely useless. No thank you. #lufc
— Nathan (@hank_lufc) January 21, 2020