Report: Leeds United and Derby County join Reading in race to sign Brighton & Hove Albion striker Tomer Hemed

Brighton's Israeli striker Tomer Hemed (2nd L) vies with Manchester City's Belgian defender Vincent Kompany during the English Premier League football match between Brighton and Hove...

Reading are said to have had a bid turned down by Brighton already, and could now be rivalled by Leeds United and Derby County.

Tomer Hemed of Brighton and Hove Albion chases the ball under pressure from Fernandinho and Vincent Kompany of Manchester City during the Premier League match between Brighton and Hove...Tomer Hemed of Brighton and Hove Albion chases the ball under pressure from Fernandinho and Vincent Kompany of Manchester City during the Premier League match between Brighton and Hove...

Leeds United and Derby County have joined Reading in the race to sign Brighton & Hove Albion striker Tomer Hemed, according to The Sun.

Hemed is in the final year of his contract at the Amex Stadium, and it is claimed the Seagulls could cash in following the allegedly imminent capture of Raphael Dwamena from FC Zurich.

Chris Hughton, Manager of Brighton and Hove Albion looks on during the Carabao Cup Second Round match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Barnet at Amex Stadium on August 22, 2017 in...Brighton manager Chris Hughton

Reading are said to have had a £4 million bid for the Israeli turned down earlier in the window, and could now face competition from Championship promotion rivals Leeds and Derby.

Leeds sold last season's top scorer Chris Wood to Burnley earlier this week, in a deal rumoured to be worth an initial £15 million, leaving a void to fill in Thomas Christiansen's attack.

Chris Wood of Leeds United celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Leeds United at St Andrews (stadium) on March 3, 2017 in...Former Leeds striker Chris Wood

And it is claimed Derby are also in the market for another striker, despite Chris Martin's return from a loan spell at Fulham.

Hemed, who spent four years in Spain's La Liga before moving to Brighton, has scored 31 goals in 90 Seagulls appearances.

The 30-year-old has hit double figures in each of his two full seasons in English football and helped Chris Hughton's side gain promotion to the Premier League last term.

HITC Sport suggested earlier this week that Hemed would be a good addition for Leeds, in particular.

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