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Four obstacles to overcome if Leeds United try to sign Leigh Griffiths

Leeds United could struggle to get their hands on Celtic forward Leigh Griffiths.

Leeds United are reportedly looking for a new striker to come into their squad over the summer with Celtic forward Leigh Griffiths mentioned as a target for the club by the Glasgow Evening Times.

However, it’s going to be just a little bit difficult and there are a number of obstacles the Elland Road club will have to come.

The first is the notion that the paper puts across in the above report, which is simply that Leeds can’t afford him.

Celtic are under no pressure to sell and therefore, they don’t need to do anything in terms of negotiating down from a price, which would be enough to get him.

The transfer embargo, which has hung over the head of the Elland Road club has been removed, but it’s difficult for Massimo Cellino to start throwing money at players in Griffiths’ quality bracket.

Griffiths has been Celtic’s best forward this season and he’s a player that Bhoys boss Ronny Deila will want to build his attack around.

He fits in perfectly with the way he’s structured his midfield at Parkhead and benefits from the talent and quality that Celtic have in key positions.

One of the obvious benefits of the player staying where he is, is the fact that he can also play Champions League football with his current team.

Celtic’s Scottish Premiership title win secures their place in the qualifying round for the European tournament.

A move to Leeds would represent a chance to play an arguably higher general level of football in the Championship, but the appeal of playing in Europe could outweigh that.

His contract with Celtic doesn’t expire until the summer of 2017 according to transfermarkt, which is a sign of his commitment and a sign that it could be difficult for Leeds to convince him into a move.

Griffiths is not the first talented forward Leeds have been linked with in the recent past and he’s unlikely to be the last.

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