By Mark Smith

8th Sep, 2022 | 10:10am

Leeds United are now hot on the trail of RB Salzburg striker Noah Okafor, according to Calciomercato.

The Italian outlet has reported on its website that the Whites are not the only interested clubs, with European giants Inter Milan and Borussia Dortmund likely to make it a race.

Victor Orta has good connections at the Austrian club though after completing business for both Brenden Aaronson and Rasmus Kristensen over the summer.

This could very much work in Leeds’ favour.

Waiting on the deal for Aaronson to complete it over the summer instead of January built respect between the two clubs, with that also being used in the Kristensen deal.

Not only that, but Okafor could no doubt contact his former teammates and ask what life is like at Elland Road, with both being given big roles by Jesse Marsch since arriving.

The 22-year-old has started the season on fire too, scoring four goals in seven league appearances already, as well as finding the net in the Champions League on Tuesday night [06 September].

Perfect.

This is more like it.

Victor Orta always has a long list of targets, but the truth is, whether it was his fault or not, he failed in the summer transfer window to bring in what was needed.

Yes, the Spaniard delivered on numerous brilliant deals, but it was clear to see that Leeds needed that big-name striker and a left-back, but we got neither.

Wilfried Gnonto did arrive at the end of the window as a panic buy, but he is one for the future, not for right now as Jesse Marsch openly admitted himself.

Okafor is not only playing but he is scoring in the Champions League against big clubs like AC Milan, and it is time for him to make that step into the Premier League.

Would he play at Inter Milan and Borussia Dortmund? We doubt it.

The door is wide open for a new number nine at Elland Road and that burden is something that strikers around Europe should relish, although we could have the secret weapons in place to win this race.

Over to agents Aaronson and Kristensen.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites have said see you again to one attacker after being left baffled by a deadline day agreement