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Celtic, Rangers and Nottingham Forest rival Leeds in striker pursuit

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Leeds United remain interested in prolific striker Jack Marriott, according to The Yorkshire Post, but face competition from a trio of clubs.

Celtic, Rangers and Nottingham Forest are all tracking Marriott, according to this article, while other reports today suggest Derby County have entered the race for his signature.

It is unsurprising to see so many teams in the hunt for the 23-year-old after his impressive season at Peterborough United in League One.

Marriott struck a sensational 33 goals in all competitions last season and scooped the golden boot in the third tier after signing from Luton Town last summer.

Posh already face a major battle to keep him with the five aforementioned teams reportedly joined by Premier League side Crystal Palace in admiration of Marriott.

But Peterborough are not prepared to lose their star man on the cheap and will demand £6.5m for his services.

The former Ipswich Town schoolboy is still expected to complete his move away from the ABAX Stadium, though, with a host of clubs tracking him.

Leeds are hoping to bring in a new striker after failing to replace Chris Wood last summer and they have also been linked with Marvin Ducksch, Abel Hernandez and Matej Vydra.

The Verdict

Leeds will need to move quickly to snap up Marriott but it looks like they are only holding him as a back-up choice.

Hernandez was expected to join but that has gone a bit quiet, perhaps while they wait for Marcelo Bielsa to be unveiled as the new manager, while Vydra will cost a lot more.

With 33 goals to his name last season, Marriott could well replicate that form in the Championship and the fact that he is still young shows that he has scope to get much better.

Leeds fans – Would you like to sign Marriott? Let us know below…

NCTJ-qualified journalist - University of Birmingham undergraduate - King's College London postgraduate - Coventry City and West Ham United

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