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Paul Robinson has said that Leeds United will be looking at new striker options, amid a report that claimed Marcelo Bielsa wants to push through a deal for Fiorentina forward Christian Kouame.
Italian outlet La Nazione claimed that a deal for Kouame – on a reported £18k-a-week – and his Fiorentina counterpart Erick Pulgar could be on initial loans which could be made permanent in the summer.
Robinson said that Leeds do not have a senior number nine back-up for Patrick Bamford.
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News Robinson said, “We talked about the striker situation a lot in the summer.
“Leeds have always been tagged with signing a replacement or a back-up for Patrick Bamford.
“But Bamford always plays, week-in, week-out and he’s improved this season.
“We thought Rodrigo would be the signing that would replace Bamford but that hasn’t happened and he’s slotted into more of a number 10 role.
“They haven’t got a direct number nine replacement, someone who would be a direct replacement for Bamford, so Kouame could well be someone they’re looking at.
“Leeds are blessed with attacking midfielders and wingers. But Leeds don’t have someone that can replace Bamford if he’s injured or suspended.
“It’s a position they have a definite need to strengthen.”
Leeds are preparing fans for a quiet January window, with no marquee signings.
January loan deals haven’t worked out for Leeds in the past, with the ghost of Jean-Kevin Augustin still haunting Thorp Arch.
We think a new striker will come in at Leeds but not until the summer.
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