Leeds' reported Mbakogu move would now be more underwhelming than ever

Fans look on during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Leeds United and Rotherham United at Elland Road on January 9, 2016 in Leeds, England.

Leeds United reportedly want prolific Championship duo Abel Hernandez and Matej Vydra from Hull and Derby but remain in talks with Jerry Mbakogu.

Leeds fans celebrate their team's victory during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Derby County at Elland Road on November 29, 2014 in Leeds, England.

Leeds United could be about to sign one of the most prolific strikers in the Championship.

The Mirror (live blog, 4.02pm) reported on Wednesday that Leeds were closing in on the signing of former Hull front man Abel Hernandez on a free transfer, with new manager Marcelo Bielsa set to sanction the deal.

And the Derby Telegraph is now reporting that Leeds have expressed an interest in signing the current Championship Golden Boot winner Matej Vydra from Derby County. The Czech striker, who cost the Rams £8 million, scored 21 goals last season.

Matej Vydra of Derby County shoots off target during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Sunderland at iPro Stadium on March 30, 2018 in Derby, England.

So if Leeds’ first striker signing this summer ends up being a little-known forward from Serie B, expect fans to be distinctly underwhelmed.

The Yorkshire Evening Post reports that Leeds have been in talks with Carpi about signing Jerry Mbakogu since January, during which time the Nigerian-born striker has taken Italian citizenship to make applying for a work permit more straightforward.

Jerry Mbakogu of Carpi FC disappointed for the defeat at the end of the Serie A match between Carpi FC and SS Lazio at Alberto Braglia Stadium on May 8, 2016 in Modena, Italy.

Tuttomercatoweb has now claimed that the talks are ongoing although Leeds have asked for a discount on the supposed £3.5 million deal. Mbakogu, who scored just eight goals last season, has struggled with injuries in recent months, seemingly reducing his value in Leeds’ eyes.

Leeds fans have clamoured for a proven Championship goal-scorer for months, meaning Hernandez and Vydra would be hugely popular additions. Mbakogu, however, would be greeted with a great deal of suspicion, especially now the fans are dreaming of two of the best goal-scorers outside the Premier League.

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