By Saikat Mandal

23rd Dec, 2021 | 12:10pm

Leeds United keen on a deal for Daryl Dike - report

Leeds United are “keen on a deal” for Orlando City striker Daryl Dike in the January transfer window, according to reports from 90 min.

The report claims that the United States international has been offered to various clubs, and that Orlando City are ready to let him go.

He has been also tracked by West Bromwich Albion, with Valerien Ismael having previously worked with him at Barnsley.

Back-up

While signing a midfielder is a priority for the Toffees, it seems Marcelo Bielsa is looking to add another striker as well.

It wouldn’t be a bad move though. Patrick Bamford has struggled with injuries this season. Rodrigo hasn’t delivered as expected, and Joe Gelhardt is too young to put the weight on his shoulders.

Another back-up striker is needed as Leeds look to climb up the table in the second half of the season.

The youngster has had a “remarkable” rise in his career, but it was his performance with Barnsley that has caught the attention.

He scored nine goals in 14 starts for the Yorkshire club. They wanted to sign him permanently but couldn’t meet his asking price.

He has scored eight goals in his final 11 MLS appearances this season, but his asking price has dropped.

Leeds part owners – the USA based San Francisco 49ers – could help to wrap up a deal for the prolific striker in January.

A host of clubs are interested in him, and it remains to be seen if Leeds can secure his signature at the earliest.

In other Leeds United news, Paul Merson gives verdict on Leeds survival hopes.