Leeds should rival Sunderland for target man Madine

Joel Ward of Crystal Palace (L) and Gary Madine of Bolton (R) battle for possession during the Emirates FA Cup third round replay between Crystal Palace and Bolton Wanderers at Selhurst...

Leeds are likely to be on the lookout for a new striker in the January transfer window, with Sunderland keen on Gary Madine.

Gary Madine of Bolton during the Sky Bet League One match between Oxford United and Bolton Wanderers at the Kassam Stadium on March 21, 2017 in Oxford, England.

Leeds United will be on the prowl for a striker to fire them towards Premier League promotion in the January transfer window to finally end their 14-year wait of a return to the top tier of English football.

Manager Thomas Christiansen and director of football Victor Orta brought in a number of signings from foreign countries, with the likes of Ezgjan Alioski, Samu Saiz and Caleb Ekuban all impressing in the starting eleven.

However, a number of the duo's signings have failed to have any kind of impact at Elland Road - namely Mateusz Klich, Pawel Cibicki and Jay-Roy Grot, who are yet to develop an understanding of the English Championship.

However, the biggest disappointment will be the club's decision to being in Pierre-Michel Lasogga on loan from Hamburg for an entire season, as he was seen as Chris Wood's immediate replacement.

Pierre-Michel Lasogga of Leeds United reacts after a missed chance during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Derby County at Elland Road on October 31, 2017 in Leeds,...

Wood topped the Championship goalscoring charts last season, and had scored double Lasogga's tally of five league goals at this point last season. It should convince Christiansen that a new striker is required.

He should turn his attention to proven Championship talent, and that should see the Whites rival Sunderland in their bid to sign Bolton target man Gary Madine in January.

Madine, 27, signed a new contract in the summer but despite this, Sunderland are looking to nab him after an excellent start to the 2017-18 season. The Sunderland Echo claim he is on Chris Coleman's radar.

The 6ft 3in powerhouse has had a hand in 11 goals in 20 Championship appearances this season for a struggling Bolton side sitting in 21st place and level on points with Sunderland.

Thomas Christiansen manager of Leeds United looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leeds United at Molineux on November 22, 2017 in...

Leeds fans will remember the Sheffield Wednesday striker from the opening day of the season, as he scored Bolton's first before winning a penalty against Conor Shaughnessy which Adam Le Fondre dispatched in the Whites narrow 3-2 win.

But at Leeds he would be the perfect signing, allowing pocket-sized trio Samu Saiz, Pablo Hernandez and Ezgjan Alioski to float in behind him by holding the ball up and bringing the three attackers into play.

Madine has shown his ability to provide an assist, and would also act as a focal point which Kemar Roofe and Ekuban have struggled to do to a degree. With Championship experience and the likelihood that he would not cost the world, Madine would be an ideal Elland Road signing.

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