Leeds United manager Steve Evans has told the Yorkshire Evening Post that a deal for Middlesbrough striker Kike looks unlikely.
The Whites have made a number of deals during the January transfer window, extending Liam Bridcutt's loan deal from Sunderland until the end of the season, before snapping up Mustapha Carayol from Middlesbrough, as well as Doncaster twins Jack and Paul McKay.
Fans still want to see a striker brought in, and one name that has been suggested as a possible target is Middlesbrough hitman Kike.
The Spaniard, 26, left Real Murcia for the Riverside Stadium in the summer of 2014, and hit 12 goals for Aitor Karanka's men before losing to Norwich City in the Championship play-off final.
This term, Kike has found it much tougher in front of goal, finding the net just four teams after Karanka snapped up David Nugent and Cristhian Stuani over the summer.
Given that Middlesbrough confirmed on their official website on Friday that Athletic Bilbao striker Kike Sola has joined the club on loan until the end of the season, Kike may be slipping down the pecking order even more - and Leeds boss Evans has announced his interest in the striker, having already raided Middlesbrough for winger Carayol this month.
Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Evans admitted that he is a big fan of Kike, but doesn't think that Boro manager Karanka will let him leave for Elland Road.
"Aitor Karanka I think has made it clear to everybody that he is not for sale," said Evans. "I know they are trying to sign players so whether that changes later in the window I don’t know, but I’ve never hidden my admiration for the kid as a player as he’s a top player and he’s caused my teams havoc in the past. He’s a good player but Aitor has said at this moment in time that he’s staying," he added.
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