Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has warned Leeds United that they need to have several irons in the fire as they aim to sign a new striker before the end of the month.

Marcelo Bielsa’s striker options are extremely light at the moment with Patrick Bamford the only real option who is available in the senior squad after Eddie Nketiah was recalled by Arsenal.

Leeds have been linked with a number of strikers to replace Nketiah and one of the most strongly-linked players is Southampton’s Che Adams.

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According to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Leeds have tabled more than one bid in their efforts to sign the former Birmingham striker, who is yet to score since joining Southampton in the summer for £15million.

Despite his lack of goals in the top-flight, Hasselbaink is thrilled to see his former club in pursuit of the 23-year-old.

“There was always a chance that they would lose Nketiah so there should have been a list and I do believe that there is a list,” said Hasselbaink on Sky Sports Football after the defeat to QPR on Saturday.

“They’re after Che Adams. That would be a great signing if they can get him.

“But there should be a number two and number three. That’s how you have to do your job.”

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Leeds are running out of time to get a deal over the line for Adams and Southampton are not going to want to let him leave the club too late in the month as they may need to find a replacement for their £50,000-a-week ace [Football Insider].

Other strikers like Andre Gray, Billy Sharp and David McGoldrick have also been reported to have emerged on Leeds’ radar this month, which shows that Nketiah’s loan spell being cut short has stopped Bielsa from being able to look at young loan options from the Premier League.

It is probably for the best anyway.

Bamford’s form has been poor of late and his display at QPR on Saturday was nothing short of woeful.

Leeds need someone in who can challenge Bamford’s spot in the starting line-up and not just provide a back-up option.

Adams and Gray could do that.

In other Leeds United news, Bielsa has confirmed a fresh injury blow to a senior player.


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