Leeds United are even claimed to have first option agreement.
Leeds United's interest in Carpi striker Jerry Mbakogu continues to make news in Italy.
Leeds made an approach for Mbakogu in January, before postponing their interest until the summer.
A deal could not be done in late January as Mbakogu needed to get a work permit and this could not be done in time.
Is Mbakogu worth the big spend?
This is a question which should be answered in context. Leeds have not spent a fee bigger than £3 million on a striker since they signed Robbie Fowler a decade and a half ago.
£3 million was the amount spend on Chris Wood in 2015, who went on to become the Championship's top goalscorer.
For a fee of £4.4 million it stands to reason that Leeds should be aiming for a better player than Wood.
Mbakogu does not have a scoring record which suggests he is. The 25-year-old has six goals in 19 Serie B games this season.
Online database Transfermarkt's valuation of him stands at £1.35 million, suggesting Leeds would be overpaying.
Could Leeds change their mind?
Leeds can certainly change their minds, they have a first option gentleman's agreement but are not bound into paying any money.
Mbakogu appears to be being considered as an alternative to Pierre-Michel Lasogga in case the Hamburg forward does not sign.
Leeds have signed young talent Tyler Roberts from West Brom, and if he proves a big success between now and the end of the season then the club's plans could alter dramatically.
Mbakogu is one option, but Victor Orta has months to find a better player for £4.4 million, and that should be an achievable task.