By Craig Scott

6th May, 2020 | 7:00pm

MOT View: Leeds handed centre-forward transfer boost with reported £13.1m bid on the cards

Leeds United have been handed a boost to their hopes of signing Metz centre-forward Habib Diallo with the Ligue 1 club ready to cash in on the Senegal international.

Le Quotidien du Foot reported on March 31 that Leeds were prepared to bid £13.1million to sign the 24-year-old, who was keen to leave Metz and head across the English Channel to join a club in England.

Leeds could well be a Premier League club by the time the next transfer window opens and promotion from the Championship is bound to boost the club’s finances to the level where they can spend that kind of money on a new striker.

But it seems that the Whites might not even have to spend that much on Diallo with Metz president Bernard Serin confirming that Diallo will be sold.

Speaking to France Blue, Serin said: “He is 24 years old, it is time for him to pursue his career elsewhere. Our objective is to transfer Habib Diallo.”

Metz’ season has already ended due to Ligue 1 being declared complete due to the coronavirus pandemic bringing matches to a halt in March.

It means that Metz have missed out on quite a bit of money from matchday income and it is widely expected that football’s entire economy will change once everything gets back to normal.

Leeds still have the possibility of promotion and boosting their income massively but clubs like Metz, who remain in Ligue 1, will more than likely suffer and be forced into selling star players like Diallo, who’s scored 12 goals in 26 league appearances this season.

In other Leeds United news, Graham Smyth has offered clarity after there was an update on Leeds’ Companies House page.