By Dan Carter

12th Oct, 2023 | 10:10pm

Leeds United target Josh Sargent ends chances of Daniel Farke reunion with new Norwich City contract

After Leeds United were relegated to the Championship, attention quickly turned to recruitment, with Daniel Farke aiming to build a squad ready to return to the Premier League.

Due to the huge amount of players departing Elland Road, the German boss needed to sign players all over the pitch to ensure that his side were capable of competing in England’s second tier and that included a new centre-forward.

Ultimately Joel Piroe was the man to fill that void, joining the ranks from Swansea City, but before the Dutchman’s switch, Leeds were linked with Norwich City striker Josh Sargent [Simon Jones, 19 August] who had joined the Canaries under Farke for more than £8 million in 2021 [Sky Sports].

The striker has now since signed a new deal at Carrow Road until 2028, which has more than likely ended any potential chance for Farke once again to move for the USMNT forward, especially given the Whites’ excellent start to the season in front of goal.

While Sargent himself began the campaign well, registering four goal involvements in his first four appearances in the Championship, before a ligament injury has seen him sidelined since the end of August, Farke’s current forwards have been just as impressive.

Joel Piroe has found the net five times in his opening eight matches for Leeds United while Georginio Rutter has registered five goal involvements so far this season to fire the Whites to fifth in the table ahead of the October international break.

That impressive start to the campaign has been almost entirely without Patrick Bamford who has been made to wait in the wings following his return from injury, but given that he found the net 16 times during his last Championship season, he could prove to be crucial to Farke’s side being successful.

Sargent’s best career tally came last season when he scored 13 goals under both Dean Smith and David Wagner, and should Piroe keep up his current scoring rate, he will double that tally by the end of the season, assuming he remains fit and in form.

While the American forward would have been another excellent option for Farke to have at his disposal this season, it shouldn’t be too much of a worry to Leeds fans that he looks to be remaining a Norwich player for the next few years at least.

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