Three big men to whom Leeds could turn after missing out on Simon Makienok

Charlton Athletic's Simon Makienok in action

Could these Celtic, Sunderland and West Bromwich Albion strikers feature on Leeds United's summer shopping list?

Charlton's Simon MakienokReports claimed Leeds were in for Makienok

Despite the presence of Chris Wood at Elland Road, Leeds United were linked with another big striker this week.

Italian publication Tuttomercatoweb reported on Monday that the Whites were vying with Preston North End to sign Palermo's 6ft 7 Danish international Simon Makienok - who completed a move to Deepdale the very next day.

Were Leeds even interested? And if so, who should they turn to instead?

Here are three possible candidates:

3) Victor Anichebe

West Brom's Victor Anichebe looks dejected after missing a chance to scoreAnichebe is a Championship virgin

Set for release by West Bromwich Albion this month, the Nigerian is bound to have a host of Championship admirers - and perhaps some in the Premier League. Though far from prolific at the latter level, Anichebe is yet to taste the second tier, and could become an unlikely goal machine against lesser opponents. Still only 28, his battering ram tendencies are sure to benefit those around him if not.

2) Carlton Cole

Celtic's Carlton Cole (R) scores their second goalDid you know: Cole has seven caps for England?

According to the Daily Express, Brendan Rodgers' arrival at Celtic could spell the end of Cole's short-lived Bhoys career, as the Ulsterman looks to trim the squad he inherited from Ronny Deila. Though it hasn't worked out the way the 32-year-old would have wanted north of the border, he was a Premier League regular in the three seasons before last - and scored 14 goals in his previous Championship campaign. Rodgers' close relationship with Garry Monk could work in Leeds' favour.

1) Danny Graham

Danny Graham celebrates after scoring the second goal for BlackburnGraham averages roughly a goal every three Championship matches

Monk will know all about the former Elland Road loanee, having played alongside him for two years at Swansea City. Graham's record in the Championship is not to be sniffed at (52 goals in 149 matches) and it comes as little surprise he's in such high demand, with Rangers, Celtic and Blackburn Rovers all keen on the free agent, according to the Sunderland Echo. The 30-year-old's high wages could be a problem, but if Blackburn have a chance then, surely, so do Leeds.

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