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Leeds United boss responds to Rudy Gestede rumour

Rudy Gestede of Middlesbrough scores his sides second goal during The Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round match between Middlesbrough and Oxford United at Riverside Stadium on February 18, 2017 in...

Leeds United are reportedly hunting striker Rudy Gestede.

Rudy Gestede of Middlesbrough scores his sides second goal during The Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round match between Middlesbrough and Oxford United at Riverside Stadium on February 18, 2017 in...

The talk is that Leeds United want to sign Middlesbrough hitman Rudy Gestede to replace Chris Wood at Elland Road.

The Yorkshire Evening Post has previously reported that Leeds have had a £6 million bid rejected for the French striker, with Boro boss Garry Monk also saying he wasn't for sale.

However, The YEP claimed this morning that the Championship club might sell if a bid in the region of £10 million was lodged for the former Aston Villa forward, who joined the Riverside Stadium club in January.

Rudy Gestede of Middlesbrough (C) heads towards goal during The Emirates FA Cup Quarter-Final match between Middlesbrough and Manchester City at Riverside Stadium on March 11, 2017 in...

Asked on Leeds' Facebook page whether he was indeed a target, head coach Thomas Christiansen simply said: "You'll have to ask Victor [Director of Football, Orta]."

It was an interesting response from the 44-year-old, who refused to confirm or deny, but reading between the lines his failure to dismiss the speculation speaks volumes.

He said nothing and everything at the same time.

Rudy Gestede of Middlesbrough (R) heads towards goal but his shot goes wide during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Middlesbrough at the Liberty Stadium on April 2, 2017...

Christiansen doesn't usually hide behind Orta - who is control of transfers - when there is nothing to a particular rumour. In fact, he was crystal clear about a minute later when asked about linked-away Stuart Dallas, confidently claiming he wouldn't be joining Norwich.

The fact he refused to go into Gestede, however, might suggest that Leeds are indeed interested.

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