By Pranav Shahaney

15th Aug, 2022 | 6:40pm

Leeds United are reportedly not advanced in their pursuit to sign Blackburn Rovers striker Ben Brereton Diaz this summer.

According to CBS journalist Ben Jacobs, he is also not their primary target as they’re pursuing other options to lead the line.

The Chile international bagged 22 league goals in the Championship last season but leading scouts are having second thoughts about him.

Via Twitter, Jacobs wrote, “Nothing advanced on Blackburn’s Brereton Díaz. Not a lead target for #LUFC.

“Several EPL clubs looked over past two windows but a few top scouts question whether his hold-up play and awareness (on/off ball) will enable him to be an EPL hit.

“Clear potential, though.”

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Worth a gamble?

Leeds desperately need a player who’s going to bang in goals on a consistent basis and Diaz has proven that he can do that.

He may not have played in the Premier League yet, but he’s got the clinical edge that every striker should and he would be a good fit at Elland Road.

There are attributes that players do not possess at 21, but they can certainly be coached into playing a certain way should they take the feedback on board.

Patrick Bamford’s injury in the second week of the season may have come as a blessing in disguise as it will get Victor Orta to amplify his pursuit to sign a striker.

If Diaz is not the primary target, we hope that the club succeed in bringing someone else over the line sooner rather than later.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites now have a clear run to sign a £20m-rated left-back as their Premier League rivals have now bowed out of the race.