Leeds had gone into this transfer window with Bamford off their radar, but he became a name on their wishlist as bids for other targets failed.
Leeds made moves to sign Matej Vydra and Abel Hernandez, but failed to get a deal for either over the line.
The Whites’ scouting team then decided that Bamford could be a good option from Middlesbrough.
Bamford reportedly impressed Leeds scouts from three key areas in their data.
The 24-year-old’s goals-to-minutes ratio was highlighted, alongside the value of these goals - with Bamford hitting a number of winning strikes - and he was also noted for how many times he netted from open play.
Bamford scored 10 goals for Boro last season, despite rarely being handed a regular run of starts.
And Leeds are now hoping to have a deal for the striker closed sooner rather than later.