Leeds United’s pursuit of a new striker is said to have encountered difficulty.
According to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Leeds United have cooled their interest in Matej Vydra over the striker’s wage demands, while an offer for Abel Hernandez has gone cold for similar reasons.
But where do Leeds turn should neither player arrive at Elland Road?
Here are five yet-to-be-linked strikers who could come under consideration…
Gary Hooper (Sheffield Wednesday)
Scorer of 10 goals from 24 Championship matches last season, including two against Leeds, and a prolific scorer throughout his career, Hooper should appeal to most clubs at the Whites’ level. And though a key player for Sheffield Wednesday, the Owls’ poor financial state could convince them to listen to offers, especially for those, like the 30-year-old, who are in the final year of their contracts. Wages could again be an issue, however, the promise or a longer-term deal could swing it for Leeds.
Gary Madine (Cardiff City)
While not as renowned for his goalscoring ability as Hooper, Madine still managed 10 in 28 league outings for Bolton last term, to earn himself a £6 million move to Cardiff City, and is far more adept as a line-leading target man. The Geordie helped the Bluebirds to promotion shortly after his arrival, though he has yet to get off the mark for his new employers, whose plans for Madine may have changed as a result of their success.
Martyn Waghorn (Ipswich Town)
Waghorn both scored and made more goals during last season’s Championship campaign (16 and 11 respectively) than anyone on this list. And that could be a problem for Ipswich, with the Tractor Boys not exactly flush with cash and the 28-year-old’s contract up in less than a year’s time. If Leeds are to better any of these players’ existing salaries, it is likely to be his.
Nelson Oliveira (Norwich City)
With caps for Portugal and a half-decent second-tier scoring rate, Oliveira is a player not to be sniffed at despite an off-season with Norwich, whose manager he is rumoured to not see eye-to-eye with. And that, coupled with Oliveira’s sizeable pay packet, could prompt the Canaries to move him on this summer. A fresh start may bring out the best in his ability.
Sam Gallagher (Southampton)
Despite a handful of mixed loan spells, first with Milton Keynes Dons, then Blackburn Rovers and Birmingham City, Gallagher is thought to be highly rated by Southampton, who gave him a new four-year contract at the start of last term. With several higher-profile strikers already on the Saints’ books, another temporary spell is possible – though he is now said to be on wages of £22,000 a week, which Leeds may struggle to justify paying.