Leeds United already look to be cranking up their search for a striker this summer. 

With Patrick Bamford often cutting a frustrating figure in front of goal this season, it’s perhaps unsurprising that the Whites are being linked with talents who could provide a more consistent goalscoring threat if and when they return to the Premier League.

On Thursday, for example, we saw Marcelo Bielsa’s men mentioned alongside 28-year-old Galatasaray striker Mbaye Diagne by Turkish outlet Takvim.

Similarly, we have seen Leeds linked to FC Metz hitman Habib Diallo by Le Quotidien du Foot in recent weeks too.

The outlet suggested that a bid of around £13.1 million was on the cards, with the player hitting 12 goals in 27 outings this season.

And any hopes of landing the 24-year-old will surely have been handed a significant boost by the latest admission from Metz president Bernard Serin.

When asked about the likelihood of Diallo leaving the French club this summer during an interview with Direct FM, the chief said: “Habib knows it [he can leave] – he has a release certificate.”

The French season already brought to a conclusion, and with no professional sport allowed until September as a consequence of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, FC Metz stand to lose a serious amount of money through a lack of gate receipts.

That unfortunate reality, as damaging as it may be for the club, could prove to be beneficial for Leeds if it means that the Ligue 1 side have to offload some of their prized assets to make ends meet.

With promotion still very much on the cards for the Whites, money shouldn’t be an issue, and after this frank update from Serin, there’s no reason to believe that this deal couldn’t happen if Leeds decide they want it to.

In other Leeds United news, ‘No danger’ – Sun journo issues verdict on which way Ch’ship clubs will vote in major EFL ballot.

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