By Joe Ellis

16th Jul, 2022 | 7:46pm

Leeds United in bidding war to sign Blackburn ace Ben Brereton Diaz

Leeds United will need to win a “bidding war” if they want to sign Ben Brereton Diaz from Blackburn Rovers, according to The Sun.

The 23-year-old enjoyed a breakout season in the 2021-22 campaign as he went on to score 22 goals for Tony Mowbray’s side as they kept themselves near the sharp end of the Championship until the latter stages of the season.

Jon Dahl Tomasson is now in charge at Ewood Park but he may not have his Chilean superstar for the start of the new season with the Whites, Everton and Bournemouth all keen to bring him up to the Premier League.

It could just be between those three teams too because Sevilla, who are interested in the Stoke-on-Trent-born striker, are only willing to pay half of his £20million asking price.

Brereton Diaz’s contract ends at the conclusion of next season which is why Blackburn may cash in now with Lyon and Eintracht Frankfurt also in the hunt.

Caution

The Chile international is undoubtedly a very good player and someone who could score plenty of goals in the Premier League but we won’t know for sure until he proves us otherwise.

To spend £20million on a player who you aren’t entirely convinced about is a massive gamble to take in our situation and something that we need to very carefully consider before making our decision.

Jesse Marsch has at least acknowledged our need for a new striker after Patrick Bamford spent the majority of last season on the physio’s bench rather than the pitch, leaving us woefully short on strikers.

Joe Gelhardt was impressive when he was given the chance but it would be a big gamble this early into his career to be trusted to be the main man while Sam Greenwood is still needing another year of progress.

For £20million, it might be wise to just hold off and see if that comes down later in the window as they get desperate to sell.

In other Leeds United news, CBS journalist Ben Jacobs is confused as to why the Whites are seemingly in pursuit of this Premier League flop.