By Saikat Mandal

27th Jul, 2022 | 9:40pm

Door open for Leeds United to move for Ben Brereton Diaz

Leeds United may have received a huge boost to sign Ben Brereton Diaz from Blackburn Rovers.

Diario AS reported on 17 July that Leeds and West Ham are the two English clubs that are showing keen interest in signing the Chilean striker.

The Whites desperately need to sign a striker this summer, but they haven’t made a formal proposal to sign the 23-year-old as yet.

The Yorkshire club have been reportedly chasing Belgian attacker Charles De Ketelaere this summer, but it looks increasingly likely that the player will chose AC Milan instead.

According to a reliable West Ham source, Claret and Hugh (27 July) the Hammers are “unlikely” to sign Brereton Diaz this summer, after they signed Sassuolo striker Gianluca Scamacca.

It means Leeds are unlikely to face competition from the Hammers if they are to sign the Chilean who scored 22 goals last season.

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After signing the Italy international, West Ham are likely to turn their attention elsewhere to bolster the squad, and this could work in favour of Leeds.

Victor Orta clearly feels that the Whites need another striker to their squad, and at some point this summer, the club will look for other options if they fail to sign De Ketelaere.

If Leeds decide to turn their attention to Diaz, they would be better placed now to secure his signing, with the Hammers apparently out of the race.

Patrick Bamford struggled with injuries last season, while Joe Gelhardt is still very young. Brereton Diaz is in the final year of his contract at Blackburn, and the Whites can get him at a decent price.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites now want to sign this striker with a rival set to kickstart a major £30million+ transfer battle