Leeds United’s rumoured pursuit of striker duo Dwight Gayle and Cauley Woodrow is wide of the mark, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post.
The Whites head into this January transfer window in the market for a striker having lost Eddie Nketiah, who returns to Arsenal following his loan being terminated, and with just Patrick Bamford left as a senior striker at the club.
Marcelo Bielsa tends to operate with very thin squads and make the most out of having fewer players with more in-depth coaching, however, it is clear that he is keen to add to his squad to cover Bamford and provide healthy competition as the pressure mounts to achieve promotion.
As is the case with every transfer window, multiple players begin to be linked with multiple clubs as people see them as the right fit for what that side needs going forward, and with Bamford having just 10 league goals so far, it makes sense to see why the Whites are chasing a striker.
However, this has led to links to the likes of Newcastle’s Dwight Gayle (a perennial transfer link for Leeds) and Barnsley’s Cauley Woodrow, who has been absent of late with an injury. While there is no concrete link to Leeds being keen on signing either of these players, both would be logical moves for what Leeds need: goals.
However, the Yorkshire Evening Post are now reporting that Leeds are not interested in signing either of these players and rumours of that pursuit are ‘wide of the mark’.
Leeds still have targets that they are keen to chase in this month, but it won’t be the men from Newcastle or Barnsley that arrive at Elland Road for Marcelo Bielsa.
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There isn’t much surprise that Leeds are opting against either of these players as they would certainly be priced out of a move, given the limited budget that Leeds are working with this window.
Gayle’s high wages are no secret to Championship clubs and it would present a huge chunk of many teams budget to seal that move and Barnsley will certainly not want to lose their prized asset with a relegation battle well underway in the league.
Other targets appear much more favourable for all parties and there is good reason for that.