Could Leeds United's Tomer Hemed hopes be aided by Brighton's Aleksandar Mitrovic interest?

Leeds manager Thomas Christiansen looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Cardiff City and Leeds United at Cardiff City Stadium on September 26, 2017 in Cardiff, Wales.

Leeds United wanted Brighton striker Tomer Hemed in the summer - and may have received a boost if they want to renew interest in the summer.

Aleksandar Mitrovic of Newcastle United celebrates after scoring his goal during a pre-season friendly match between Bradford City and Newcastle United at Northern Commercials Stadium on...

Ironically it appears that a suspension to Brighton’s top scorer Tomer Hemed have pushed them in the direction of Aleksandar Mitrovic – a striker with a less than enviable disciplinary record who has only recently returned from a three-match ban.

According to The Mirror, Brighton sent scouts to watch the out-of-favour Newcastle United frontman during Serbia’s 3-2 World Cup qualifying defeat to Austria on Friday night.

Mitrovic, though a talented centre-forward who scored 11 goals in his debut top flight campaign in 2015/16, started less than a quarter of Newcastle’s Championship fixtures last season and has only featured for 18 minutes this. Clearly, manager Rafael Benitez doesn’t have a great deal of trust in a player who was banned for a needless elbow on West Ham’s Manuel Lanzini back in August and hasn’t been seen since.

Aleksandar Mitrovic of Newcastle United celebrates victory after the Premier League match between Newcastle United and West Ham United at St. James Park on August 26, 2017 in Newcastle...

If the former Anderlecht talisman does arrive at Brighton in January, however, you wonder what this means for Hemed. Like Mitrovic, the Israeli international is a tall and physical presence renowned for his ability to lead the line with aggression – though that spilled over when the FA found him guilty of a stamp on Newcastle’s DeAndre Yedlin last month.

Hemed would likely be pushed down the pecking order by Mitrovic but would he be forced out the exit too? According to The Sun, Leeds United were among a number of Championship clubs interested in the summer.

Brighton's Israeli striker Tomer Hemed (L) vies with Newcastle United's Enlish midfielder Isaac Hayden during the English Premier League football match between Brighton and Hove Albion and...

And Thomas Christiansen’s side should consider renewing their interest in the summer with Pierre-Michel Lasogga the club’s only fit and senior centre-forward. Hemed scored 28 Championship goals in the last two seasons so would arrive with real pedigree.

Leeds, then, may be hoping that Newcastle are willing to let Mitrovic go in the hope that Hemed could be on his way in January too.

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