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Report: Leeds battling West Brom in race for MLS star on loan, knows Yorkshire well

TeamTalk claim Leeds are battling recently-relegated West Brom in the race to sign Orlando City striker Daryl Dike on loan, before Tuesday’s deadline.

Dike, 21, was a surprise signing for Yorkshire club Barnsley in January. Alongside Alex Mowatt, he netted nine goals in 19 Championship games.

Now, he could join Mowatt’s boyhood club – or his current one. Leeds and West Brom are fighting for Dike, who has returned to parent club Orlando.

The report states that while West Brom are leading the race, due to new gaffer Valerian Ismael – the 49ers part of the Leeds board would love Dyke.

Leeds are open to the signing of a striker on loan. Whether they can convince Dyke to join as second choice, over West Brom, is yet to be seen.

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A report from the Orlando Sentinel – as per The MLS’ official page – claims that Orlando rate Dyke in the region of £14.5million.

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Dyke to Leeds: A sensational signing if they can beat West Brom

To find a back-up striker is difficult. Tottenham have struggled with it in the past. Bringing in a player knowing they are cover is very difficult.

Patrick Bamford is first choice and will not be displaced. His 17 goals and eight assists in the Premier League last season has earned him a new deal.

So, to bring a striker to the club with the knowledge they will not start is a hard deal to orchestrate. Finding a striker willing to do so is difficult.

But Dyke would be ideal. He is young, and a move to the Premier League for the first time will be tempting. Dyke would be happy to sit on the bench.

Including a permanent clause in the deal would make the move perfect for Leeds. But game time under a manager he knows at West Brom, means Leeds are trailing the Baggies.

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