By George Overhill

10th Jun, 2023 | 9:40am

Leeds United transfer news: BBC pundit backs 'instrumental' Sory Kaba signing after scouting striker amid 'crazy' fee verdict

Leeds United can sign FC Midtjylland striker Sory Kaba this summer without having to pay a “crazy” fee after he was “instrumental” for Cardiff City on loan says Carlton Palmer.

The 27-year-old netted eight Championship goals in 17 appearances for the Blue Birds this season as they narrowly avoided relegation with a 21st-placed finish, and he was watched during those exploits by scouts from Elland Road [Football League World, 5 June].

With the Guinean forward back at his Danish parent club but with only a year left on his contract BBC pundit Palmer has backed the Whites to follow through and snap him up for a reasonable price, as he could become a key scorer at Elland Road.

Palmer told Football League World: “He was very instrumental at Cardiff retaining their Championship status, scoring eight goals and one assist in 17 games,” 

“Leeds need some more firepower to get them out of the Championship next season and he will be a viable option.

“You would think in a better team and better service, he could be a 20 goal a season man and with only a year left on his contract, the fee might not be too crazy.”

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With Patrick Bamford’s endless injury woes helping to heap pressure onto the number nine’s shoulders over the past two Premier League campaigns Leeds United have needed another out-and-out striker for some time.

Rodrigo stepped up with the goals over the past campaign, but the Spain international has been tipped as likely one of the players who leaves the club this summer following relegation.

Unless whoever the new manager turns out to be is ready to turn to the free-scoring under-21s forwards Mateo Joseph and Sonny Perkins there will probably need to be another option brought in.

Joe Gelhardt will be back from his loan at Sunderland and is surely set to get more of an opportunity now given his familiarity with the second tier, but he is better suited to play off a main striker.

Georginio Rutter is the wildcard in the situation, after his club-record January arrival from Hoffenheim yielded next to nothing in production for the relegation battle.

The 21-year-old is expected to remain for the Championship promotion push, but his adaptation to English football is still up in the air, so if the Whites are signing a striker this summer Kaba has proven that he can find the net in this division.

And if Palmer is right that the fee proves reasonable there is some logic to the move.

In other Leeds United news, a former Elland Road figure is emerging as a “serious contender” for the manager’s job.