Should Leeds United attempt to sign 28-year-old striker Chris Martin from Championship competitors?

Fulham's Chris Martin celebrates scoring their first goal

Leeds United manager Garry Monk has spoken of his desire to strengthen his squad over the next two transfer windows.

The Whites have enjoyed a fine season in the Championship so far, and currently sit in fifth position in the table, with their sights set firmly on the automatic promotion spots.

One area of concern, however, for Garry Monk will be his side's over reliance on Chris Wood, and further competition for places in the forward department will be a necessity, especially if they manage to gain promotion to the Premier League.

An intriguing option for Leeds would be Derby County-owned Chris Martin, who is currently on loan at Fulham.

Chris Martin of Fulham scores their second goalChris Martin of Fulham scores 

The 28-year-old frontman has scored seven goals in 17 league appearances for the Cottagers so far this term, but has not been selected by Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic since Boxing Day, after the striker reportedly declared himself unfit for their clash with Reading, after hearing that Rams boss Steve McClaren wanted to recall him (BBC Sport).

Although a move for Martin this month would seemingly not be viable, the Whites should consider a summer bid for the target man.

His 6 ft frame enables him to bully defenders, and his aerial ability could certainly prove to be an asset to the Leeds' frontline. 

Scotland's Chris Martin applauds fans after the gameScotland's Chris Martin 

The 10-capped Scotland international's contract with Derby expires in the summer of 2018, and Leeds' chances of signing him in the summer will be heavily dependant on how integral he is deemed to be to Steve McClaren's plans at the iPro Stadium.

Martin's impressive work-rate, and his ability to bring others into play by holding up the ball will appeal to Garry Monk, and bringing him to Elland Road in the summer could turn out to be a major coup for Leeds.

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