By George Overhill

9th Jul, 2022 | 8:15pm

Leeds United director of football Victor Orta chases Sonny Perkins and senior striker this summer

Victor Orta wants to sign young striker Sonny Perkins for Leeds United this summer and still bring in a senior forward, according to the Daily Mail.

The 18-year-old recently left West Ham under controversial circumstances, with the Hammers releasing a statement on their website expressing how unhappy they were with events leading up to his departure.

The Athletic’s Phil Hay confirmed on his podcast (8 July, 31mins) that it would go to a tribunal if he is picked up by the Whites but, “it wouldn’t be a surprise if he ended up here”.

Elland Road was his expected destination until a late hijack from Tottenham, but he is now available and still yet to sign anywhere.

The Mail report says: “Director of football Victor Orta is known to want a striker too with more experience… rather than just 18-year old Sonny Perkins who is a target after leaving West Ham.”

Although young himself the club had seen Charles de Ketelaere as a forward option but he “looks destined” for Milan, so Orta is still hunting another goalscorer this summer.

Double trouble

Clearly the club needed to strengthen significantly this summer after going into the final day of the Premier League season facing relegation.

They have done that already with six signings, but with the exit of Kalvin Phillips and presumably imminent move for Raphinha bringing in big money they look far from done.

Perkins is a highly-rated talent, but the club need to be entirely sure he is worth the trouble that invovled to bring him in considering the anger at West Ham, and the likelihood that he is not yet first-team ready.

In the senior squad Patrick Bamford is supposed to be back to full fitness, and the Whites have finally seen Joe Gelhardt as the key piece of the future that he is, but both were kept out at times last year so more firepower would be very helpful.

De Ketelaere looks like a losing battle considering how attached to an AC Milan move he is, and while he is tipped to be a star he doesn’t have a huge amount of experience, and certainly not in the Premier League.

So eyes will now be on who Orta identifies to fulfil that criteria in the latter have of the transfer window.

In other Leeds United news, the club are braced for a Premier League bid for another player with Raphinha’s exit almost set.