By George Overhill

26th Mar, 2023 | 9:10am

Coventry brace for bids for Leeds United target Viktor Gyokeres as they up price to £20million after January approaches

Coventry City have increased the price on Leeds United target Viktor Gyokeres to “at least” £20million as they brace for bids this summer, 90min reports.

The Whites were among a host of interested clubs who made approaches to the Championship side during the January window, with Premier League rivals Wolves, Everton, Brentford and Crystal Palace all in the mix.

He was valued at £18million at the time although he ultimately went nowhere, and has increased his Sky Blues tally since to 18 league goals and eight assists.

That form has a crowd forming once again ahead of the summer window, and Coventry are now expecting to receive a “wave of summer bids” for his services, with Leeds United continuing to monitor the 24-year-old.

Leicester have replaced Wolves according to 90min but otherwise the entire interested pack are still engaged, with additional offers likely to come from promoted clubs at the end of the season.

Boiling point

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Goal scorers are the most sought-after commodity in football the world over so Coventry did well to keep hold of their star man in the winter window, with so many clubs battling for their top flight lives in the Premier League and looking for a spark.

They remain in the mix for the play-offs themselves but should they fail to gain promotion it is going to be a tough ask for them to do the same in the summer.

He may be as-yet unproven in the top tier but £20million is far from prohibitive for a striker who has done plenty to keep people interested this season.

Patrick Bamford remains the main man as a true number nine at Elland Road, but his recent history has proven that it is risky to rely on him alone at the position.

The Whites are blessed with numerous options to play off and around a central striker, but the Englishman is surely looking over his shoulder to the transfer market, and indeed the under-21s, for threats to his place.

Somebody is sure to snap up Gyokeres in the summer if he doesn’t make it to the Premier League with Coventry, and it appears clear that the Whites want to have a say in the matter as long as they secure survival themselves.

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