By Bruce Watson

19th Jan, 2021 | 9:00pm

Leeds may swoop for striker target this month amid interest from other clubs - report

Leeds United are weighing up a January approach for striker target Jean-Philippe Mateta of Bundesliga side Mainz, according to TalkSPORT.

Football Insider have previously reported that the Whites are keeping tabs on the French forward ahead of a potential summer move.

However, amid interest from Crystal Palace, Leeds could instead target the forward this month to make sure that they aren’t beaten to his signature by one of their Premier League rivals.

TalkSPORT claim that Palace are eyeing a move for Mateta this month with the Eagles’ attack struggling to get on the scoresheet this season.

Football Insider claimed that Victor Orta is a fan of Mateta with this new report expanding on this interest.

TalkSPORT state that Orta has been so impressed with the 23-year-old’s recent form that he is weighing up whether to make an approach this month.

We are expecting a quiet month at Elland Road so it is maybe easy to dismiss links with a striker who could cost the club a substantial fee.

However. Sky Sports have reported that first-team additions could be brought to Leeds if a long term target becomes available.

Similarly, the club may act if one of their targets is subject to interest from a rival club, as is reportedly the case here.

If Palace make an offer for Mateta it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to believe that Leeds may respond with an offer of their own considering how impressed Orta is said to be with the Frenchman.

We will see how this one unfolds over the next few weeks with time running out for clubs looking to make signings this month.

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