By David Woods

15th Jan, 2020 | 1:47pm

Exclusive: Paul Robinson claims signing £40k/wk striker would be 'big risk' for Leeds

We’re delighted to welcome former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson as our exclusive columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Leeds United…

Paul Robinson has said that Leeds United must “beg, borrow or steal” to bring a quality striker into the club this month. 

Leeds are on the case but so far they haven’t been able to progress with any of their known targets.

Che Adams was their number one target but that is looking increasingly difficult to progress, with Ralph Hasenhuttl digging in and wanting the board to back him over keeping the player.

Robinson had previously said that Leeds should do everything to bring in Dwight Gayle. However, the Newcastle striker – on £40k-a-week – suffered a recurrence of his hamstring injury on Saturday and Robinson thinks that should rule Leeds out from making a move for him.

Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News Robinson said, “I’ve said for the last 18 months or so, Adams, Gayle or someone of that ilk, we need someone who is going to score the goals between now and the end of the season.

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“We saw against Arsenal, we dominate games, can’t convert chances and a striker is exactly what we need.

“Leeds are now six points clear, and whether you beg, borrow or steal the money to buy or loan a left-sided player as well as a striker… the gamble is one that needs to be taken now.

“Dwight Gayle obviously got injured at the weekend so we don’t know what’s going to happen with him.

“Leeds can’t sign someone who isn’t going to be fit straight away, because I don’t think Leeds are looking for Eddie Nketiah again – and by that, I mean someone who will play a bit part.

“They need to sign someone who will score the goals. It has to be a ready-made striker who is going to score goals. Signing anyone with any kind of injury in January is a big risk.”

It’s easier to say which strikers won’t be coming to Leeds at the moment.

So far, it looks like Adams, Billy Sharp and Gayle are very unlikely to happen and it leaves Leeds working on alternative names.

Watford’s Andre Gray has been mentioned but he would be expensive with a salary of £70,000-a-week at Watford.

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