Swedish outlet FotbollDirekt have claimed that Leeds United have scouted Ostersunds SK duo Hosam Aiesh and Dino Islamovic, with the club still yet to make their first summer signing.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side are expected to be active in the summer window, after the Argentine agreed to stay on at Elland Road for another 12 months. It is believed a requirement to remain hinged on this summer’s budget.
A new striker is likely to be targeted, after Kemar Roofe top scored with just 15 goals. Jack Harrison has returned to Manchester City, and a new winger is likely to be brought to Elland Road.
Both of those positions could be covered by raiding Ostersunds for two players Leeds are said to have scouted. Striker Islamovic has four goals in 11 for the struggling top-tier side, who were once managed by Graham Potter.
Aiesh has earned Sweden caps, scoring 14 goals and creating 23 more in 105 outings for Ostersunds. Both have contracts until 2021, but Leeds scouts watched on as Ostersunds drew against Sundsvall.
This summer, a striker that can find the back of the net on a regular basis in the Championship is crucial. Is it worth spending money on a striker that is unproven at Championship level?
That is the safe option, but it failed to prove a success last season. Patrick Bamford is a proven second-tier centre-forward, but he has struggled this term. Perhaps, an unknown is required and Islamovic could be just that.
Aiesh has flair and that is shown in his recent inclusion in Sweden’s national team. Aiesh would be an excellent signing, while Islamovic would be a risk – but one potentially worth taking.