Reports: Leeds give up on Rudy Gestede after failed bid, with two strikers potentially close

Rudy Gestede of Middelsborough has his shot saved by Jordan Smith of Nottingham Forest during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough at City Ground on...

Leeds United appear to be eyeing other targets than Middlesbrough's Rudy Gestede.

Rudy Gestede of Middelsborough has his shot saved by Jordan Smith of Nottingham Forest during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough at City Ground on...

According to Sky Sports, Leeds United are ending their interest in signing Middlesbrough striker Rudy Gestede, with the Whites focusing their attention on other targets before Thursday's transfer deadline.

Having lost star striker Chris Wood to Burnley in a big-money move last week, Leeds must bring in attacking reinforcements, given that Wood hit 30 goals in all competitions last season.

Even Souleymane Doukara, who ended last season as Leeds' second top goalscorer with six league goals, has been offloaded to Osmanlispor, whilst Marcus Antonsson has joined Blackburn Rovers on loan.

Middlesbrough's French striker Rudy Gestede (L) vies with Hull City's Egyptian midfielder Ahmed Elmohamady during the English Premier League football match between Hull City and...

Whilst Leeds landed Dutch youngster Jay-Ray Grot from NEC Nijmegen last week, the Whites remain in the market for more firepower, but Middlesbrough striker Rudy Gestede won't be heading to Elland Road, according to Sky Sports.

As reported by The Gazette last week, Leeds failed with a £6million bid to land Gestede, with Middlesbrough boss Garry Monk - who left Leeds back in May - seemingly keen to keep the Benin international at the Riverside Stadium.

The 28-year-old, who excelled in the Championship with 33 goals in 66 games for Blackburn Rovers before joining Aston Villa in 2015, has impressed in the early stages of this season, and it's now claimed that Leeds are giving up their pursuit of Gestede as they pursue other strikers.

Sweden's forward Pawel Cibicki vies for the ball during the UEFA U-21 European Championship Group A football match Poland v Sweden in Lublin, Poland on June 19, 2017.

Leeds' decision to give up on Gestede may well pave the way for another striker to join the club, or possibly two amid links to a pair of strikers currently playing with European clubs.

Fotboll Skanalen in Sweden report that Malmo's Pawel Cibicki has agreed a four-year deal with Leeds ahead of a £1.5million move to Elland Road, whilst Sport1 in Germany note that Hamburg target man Pierre-Michel Lasogga is in England to consider a deal with Leeds.

If those two arrive and join Grot, then Leeds will have a number of striker for manager Thomas Christiansen to choose from - and they may hope that goalscoring by committee can be enough for them, rather than splashing out on Gestede.

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