Report: Leeds have no rivals for Jerry Mbakogu signature

General view of Elland Road before the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road on February 25, 2017 in Leeds, England.

Leeds United reportedly have a free path to sign Jerry Mbakogu, if they want him.

Jerry Mbakogu in action during the Serie A match between Carpi FC and SS Lazio at Alberto Braglia Stadium on May 8, 2016 in Modena, Italy.

Jerry Mbakogu to Leeds United is a rumour that refuses to go away.

Leeds' first reported interest in the Nigeria striker came six months ago when the Whites scouted him in a Serie B game for Carpi.

Fast forward half a year and United remain heavily linked with the 25-year-old, who is worth somewhere between £3 million and £4 million, according to Gazzamercato.

The Yorkshire Evening Post claimed earlier this month that Leeds had abandoned their pursuit of Mbakogu, though Gianluca Di Marzio posted a contradictory claim and suggested that the Championship side and Carpi remain locked in negotiations.

It appears as if the Elland Road side have the luxury of dithering, however, as Gazzetta Di Modena claims that Leeds are the only club interested in signing Mbakogu.

That is either brilliant news or dreadful news, depending on how you look at it. It's positive in the sense that the Whites don't have to worry about being gazumped by another team, but by the same token, why are Leeds interested if nobody else is?

Fans of the Yorkshire club would love an Abel Hernandez or Matej Vydra to sign, though it looks like United's financial situation might not allow for either to join this summer.

If Mbakogu is the best that Leeds can do this summer by way of signing a striker then there is huge pressure on the former Juve Stabia man to impress, but he may not be worth the wait.

(L-R) Jerry Mbakogu of Carpi FC competes for the ball with Lucas Biglia of SS Lazio during the Serie A match between Carpi FC and SS Lazio at Alberto Braglia Stadium on May 8, 2016 in...

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