Nottingham Forest and Sheffield Wednesday are also keen on the player.

Reports yesterday suggested that a trio of Championship clubs were interested in the signature of Greek international striker Dimitrios Diamantakos.

The Daily Star reported the Daily Mirror as reporting that Leeds United, Nottingham Forest and Sheffield Wednesday were all keen on the player ahead of a potential summer approach.

Diamantakos, who has scored six goals in 19 appearances for German club Karlsruher this season, only joined the 2.Bundesliga side permanently earlier this year after previously spending time on loan at the club from Olympiakos. His form even earned him his first international caps for Greece

Therefore, the news of the English interest has come as something of a surprise.

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Now the local media in Germany have picked up on the news and have their own spin on the interest.

A report from KA-News suggests that it is Leeds United boss Steve Evans who is the keenest on the player, with Leeds the frontrunners ahead of Forest and Wednesday in the chase for his signature. A fee in the region of €2 million (£1.6 million) has been mentioned.

However, the report also claims he is going nowhere. His agent has informed the press that he is happy to remain in Karlsruher this summer. After years of struggling for first-team football at Olympiakos he is happy to be a regular in Germany and is not willing to put that in jeopardy.

Leeds, Forest and Wednesday can start to consider other options.

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