With deal for Matej Vydra continuing to stall, Leeds United have been monitoring other targets as they look to improve a threadbare forward line.
The club have now targeted Patrick Bamford as a potential striker to lead the line for this Championship season with a formal bid set to be placed before the end of the week.
Bamford currently plies his trade at Championship rivals Middlesbrough, but has not always been the favoured choice and could look for a move to reignite his career.
The former Chelsea youngster has been a more favoured option under Tony Pulis but could the return of Martin Braithwaite and Britt Assombalonga ahead of him in the pecking order.
The 24-year old will be remembered by Leeds fans for his hat trick against the Whites last season back in March.
Bamford has a very impressive scoring record so far in his career, scoring an impressive 71 goals in 207 overall appearances.
With a current value of around £3.8million, it’s thought Boro want to recoup most of the £6.5million they payed Chelsea to sign him permanently back in 2017. Leeds are said to be willing to start their bid at around £7million, a fee that is reported to have been agreed between both clubs.
Bamford is well known in the Championship and would fit in well with the Leeds squad, being able to occupy several positions as well as being abs to hold the ball up in attacking moves.
His impressive Championship form boasts 36 goals and 9 assists in 100 appearances, with 14 goals coming last season being the second choice forward.
Can Leeds do a deal for the talented forward? Is he the right option in a Marcelo Bielsa side? Have your say in the comments below.
By Ryan Ingham