Leeds boss Jesse Marsch will reignite his search for a striker in the January transfer window. The Whites missed several goals this summer and Marsch has recognized that the greatest weakness of his team is their scoring ability.
Asked about the potential of signing a striker in January, Marsch said: “We are going to have a meeting in a couple of weeks about the transfer window in the winter. It’s a little early to talk about these things. However, that was clearly a goal of ours in the summer and we will evaluate the attacking part of the field as we go and figure out what we need to add.
“I think the biggest room for improvement is scoring goals. I think in the moments when we are up in games, in the moments when we are at the bottom of opponents, we need to capitalize more.
“It’s about turning leads into chances and chances into shots and shots into goals. We’re still getting our cleanliness and sharpness and confidence and poise around the finish line to get our rewards. That is the area with the most room for improvement.”
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Leeds rivaled Manchester United and Southampton in a bid to sign Cody Gakpo from PSV in August. However, the Dutchman stayed with the Eredivisie club and has enjoyed an incredible season so far.
The 23-year-old has scored 13 goals and provided 11 assists in just 18 appearances in all competitions. His versatility means he can play anywhere up front.
However, it seems unlikely that Leeds will win the race to sign Gakpo as PSV are unlikely to want to sell in January.
Marseille striker Bamba Dieng was the subject of interest from a number of Premier League clubs in the summer, including Newcastle and Crystal Palace. However, it was Leeds who made the strongest approach for the Senegal international.
Leeds agreed a £9m transfer with Marseille for the 22-year-old, only for the player to prefer to move to Nice. Dieng then failed a medical with Ligue 1 rivals Marseille, which ultimately kept him with Igor Tudor’s side.
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Marsch was linked to a meeting with Wolves star Hwang Hee-chan before the start of the season. The South Korea international played under Marsch at RB Leipzig before joining Wolves in 2021.
Hwang enjoyed an excellent start to his Premier League career scoring five times in his first eight appearances. But he has yet to score since he netted against Leeds 12 months ago.
Leeds were also rumored to be interested in a speculative move for Aston Villa ace Ollie Watkins. The England international has had a difficult time with Steven Gerrard and could consider a transfer to a Premier League rival.
The Elland Road hierarchy will likely need to come up with a large sum of money to entice Villa to sell Watkins, whom they bought for £28m in 2020.
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