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Steve Evans' comments regarding Sam Winnall prove how desperately Leeds wanted a new striker in January

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Leeds United bid for the front-man but they appear to have no intention of returning for him at a later date.

It is no secret that Leeds United made a £300,000 bid for Barnsley striker Sam Winnall as the January transfer window ticked down.

But what is most telling is what Leeds manager Steve Evans later told the Yorkshire Evening Post.

“He’s a decent player, but I’m not going to talk about him anymore,” Evans said following comments that the bid – expected to have remained private – was derisory. “We’ll not be going back for him.”

Those words suggest Evans was becoming increasingly desperate to sign a new forward before the transfer window slammed shut.

After all, he had gone from targeting Northern Ireland international Kyle Lafferty – a player on fire during Euro 2016 qualifying – to bidding for a player he could seemingly take or leave.

Evans’ comments suggest Winnall is not a long-term target; more a player he made a cheeky bid for with time running out.

Things have obviously turned sour since the offer was made public, but it is also telling that Leeds were still scouring the leagues for a new front-man despite the fact that the emergency loan window opens in just a few short days.

With Chris Wood, Souleymane Doukara, Marko Antenucci and Lee Erwin on Leeds’ books, there is still clearly a hole to fill, at least in the mind of the manager.

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