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Steve Evans is a huge fans of Leeds United's 'outstanding' striker transfer target Lewis Grabban

Norwich's Lewis Grabban in action with Wolves' Richard Stearman

Leeds United are interested in Bournemouth's Lewis Grabban.

If Leeds United can seal a move for Bournemouth striker Lewis Grabban, there will surely be nobody more pleased than ex-Whites boss Steve Evans.

The Mirror report Leeds are showing an interest in landing the 29-year-old, along with Fulham and league leaders Brighton.

Bournemouth's Lewis Grabban in action with West Brom's Jonny EvansBournemouth's Lewis Grabban in action with West Brom's Jonny Evans

Grabban was a reported transfer target for Leeds United last season, with former boss Steve Evans describing the forward as 'outstanding', the Yorkshire Post reported.

The striker remained at Bournemouth, but his first team prospects have been even more limited, failing to start a Premier League game this season.

Grabban played under Evans at Rotherham, who told the Sheffield Star at the time: "Lewis is a big part of what we are trying to do here. He is a top class footballer."

No doubt if he does sign, Evans will be quick to speak about his attempts to bring the striker to Elland Road last season.

Leeds United manager Steve Evans applauds the fans after the gameFormer Leeds United manager Steve Evans applauds the fans after the game

The big sticking point for Leeds currently is not just the competition from Championship leaders Brighton.

It could rest on whether Grabban is willing to risk swapping the top flight for the second tier - and still spend a lot of time on the bench.

Leeds are looking for back-up for Chris Wood, not a replacement. Injury could dictate that Grabban could get a prolonged first team spell at Elland Road, but the striker may see the move as risky and seek a move to a club where there would be a greater chance of starting every week.

At 29, Grabban does not want to spend more time on the sidelines, and his 34 goals combined for Bournemouth and Norwich between 2013 and 2015 in the Championship show he is capable of being a big factor if he drops down a division.

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