Should Leeds United renew interest in Omar Bogle? They would have to pay big

Omar Bogle scores the first goal for Grimsby

The prolific striker can't stop scoring in League Two and Leeds United are reportedly ready to give him a chance at a higher level.

Amid links with prolific poacher Jordan Rhodes, West Ham youngster Ashley Fletcher and proven Championship goalscorer Leonardo Ulloa, Leeds United’s reported interest in a striker all the way down in League Two appears rather uninspired by comparison.

However, Omar Bogle’s tally of 18 goals from 22 starts tell their own story. In fact, without the 24-year-old former Solihull Motors forward, Grimsby Town would probably be scrapping for points in the lower regions of the table. As it is, they are just three points off the play-off positions.

Omar Bogle celebrates with teammates after scoring the second goal for Grimsby

And the Daily Star claimed last month that his exploits have not gone unnoticed, with Leeds United and Bristol City eyeing up a striker who has taken the non-league route into the professional game.

Beyond Chris Wood, The Whites have struggled for goals from elsewhere this season and with deals for Fletcher and co appearing increasingly unlikely, Bogle would surely prove an excellent addition to the side – provided he can make an immediate step up from League Two into the top of the Championship.

Omar Bogle scores the first goal for Grimsby

However, that’s not to say any prospective deal anywhere near being ‘in the bag’. Mariners’ manager Marcus Bignott confirmed that one unnamed club had two bids rejected for the talismanic striker before being told, rather unequivocally, that he would not be sold this month, as reported by the Grimsby Telegraph.

Regardless of whether the bids originated from the offices of Elland Road, Leeds now know they will be forced to play hardball and pay a larger fee than expected for a player who just last season was playing non-league football.

However, with none of their other reported targets any closer to a move to Yorkshire, giving Bogle an opportunity to prove himself at a much higher level could be their best chance of adding to their squad this month.

After all, the player himself is surely likely to be intrigued by a switch to one of England's biggest clubs as they gather momentum while Grimsby, for all their stubbornness, could well be tempted by a big bid.

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