By Pranav Shahaney

25th Aug, 2022 | 3:40pm

Everton launch multi-million effort to sign Leeds United striker target Ben Brereton Diaz

Everton have reportedly launched a formal effort to sign Leeds United target and Blackburn Rovers striker Ben Brereton Diaz.

According to the Times, the Toffees registered their interest on Wednesday, August 24, to sign the Chile international.

Leeds are viewed as potential bidders by Blackburn which is why they’re holding a valuation of £15million if they are to sell the 23-year-old with Everton offering just £12million.

Act quickly

A striker has been on Leeds’ priority list since the summer began but thus far, no real moves have been made to sign one.

The fact that Blackburn are expecting a bid suggests that Victor Orta may have enquired about the player and their valuation probably fit into Leeds’ budget.

They’re unlikely to get a goal machine like Diaz for that valuation and must grab on to the opportunity to secure the striker’s services.

He bagged 22 goals last season and has already started this campaign in fine form – finding the back of the net on two occasions.

It’s evident that he would be an upgrade on the options at Leeds and Patrick Bamford’s injury would ensure that he will not have to win his spot in the playing eleven either.

Hopefully, Leeds gazump Everton in the queue and emerge as favourites to sign him by registering a bid that’s at their valuation or at least more than what the Toffees are willing to spend.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites could make a final push for an international striker after he was left out of his side’s matchday squad over the weekend.