Leeds can make a statement by beating West Ham to Viv Solomon-Otabor

Leeds fans look on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Leeds United at City Ground on August 26, 2017 in Nottingham, England.

Championship underachievers Leeds United are said to battling West Ham of the Premier League to Birmingham City's Blackpool loanee Viv Solomon-Otabor.

Viv Solomon-Otabor of Blackpool leaves the pitch with a cut above his eye     during the Sky Bet League One match between Northampton Town and Blackpool at Sixfields on October 28, 2017 in...

Viv Solomon-Otabor would not be the most eye-catching transfer Leeds United have ever made.

But beating Premier League competition in the shape of West Ham to the winger’s signature would be the sort of statement Leeds really need to make in the transfer market - after the multitude of flops that arrived at Elland Road a year ago.

According to All Nigeria Soccer, Leeds are big fans of the Birmingham City owned wideman, who has scored five goals and produced five assists on loan at League One Blackpool this season.

Paul Heckingbottom Leeds manager gestures during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Leeds United at iPro Stadium on February 21, 2018 in Derby, England.

But West Ham United were said to be interested too. And although it would be a big ask expecting Solomon-Otabor to step up from the third division to the top flight in one summer, some of the Hammers’ best signings in recent years have come from the lower leagues, including Michail Antonio and Aaron Cresswell.

And although West Ham have underachieved again this season, flirting with relegation before limping towards a likely mid-table finish, they are still one of the biggest and most historic clubs in England - and would give Solomon-Otabor the chance to return to his London roots.

Viv Solomon-Otabor of Blackpool attempts to control the ball under pressure from Shaun McWilliams of Northampton Town during the Sky Bet League One match between Blackpool and Northampton...

Leeds, then, have a big task ahead of them convincing the 22-year-old Nigerian-born attacker to choose West Yorkshire, even if first-team football would perhaps be easier to obtain under Paul Heckingbottom than David Moyes.

But Leeds’ director of football Victor Orta is under pressure to prove himself this summer and beating a massive Premier League club to Solomon-Otabor would be a deal that gets the fans talking for the right reasons.

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