By Sam Stone

1st Sep, 2022 | 9:10am

Fabrizio Romano: Leeds United monitoring Flamengo striker Pedro

Leeds United are monitoring Flamengo’s 25-year-old Brazilian striker Pedro ahead of the transfer deadline according to The Guardian’s Fabrizio Romano.

Jesse Marsch is looking to add another striker to his squad and The Athletic revealed (31 August) that Wolves have rejected an informal £17million bid for Hwang Hee-Chan.

However, it appears that Marsch is still very much on the lookout for a forward with Romano suggesting that Pedro has been a long-term option for Leeds.

The Italian journalist told GIVEMESPORT (31 August): “I’m told that the player they have been monitoring for a long time is Pedro from Flamengo, the Brazilian striker.

“But the problem with South American transfers is the timing.

“Of course, now we’re close to the end of the window, so they need to be fast if they want to do a South American deal.”

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Striker needed

A striker is probably the missing piece of the jigsaw for Marsch as the American looks to end the transfer window on a positive note.

Rodrigo’s untimely injury has meant adding another attacking player is somewhat essential for the club hierarchy.

Pedro does look a little bit of a long shot with the South American market potentially a tricky place to do a deadline day deal for the Whites.

Marsch may be better off scouring the Championship and Premier League for a suitable player or even look to Europe.

PSV Eindhoven winger Cody Gakpo has been a player that has long been on Leeds’ radar and if he was signed on deadline day it would be a huge statement of intent by the board.

Gakpo can operate in any of the front four positions and certainly offers something very different from Rodrigo and Patrick Bamford in the centre-forward position.

It would be a huge shame if Leeds don’t make another attacking addition after a really promising summer and start to the Premier League season.

For all their good work addressing problem areas over the transfer window, not adding another striker to Marsch’s squad could really impact the Whites going forward.

Let’s hope a busy day is in store.

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