By Mark Smith

31st Mar, 2021 | 12:10pm

Leeds want to sign Barnsley loanee Daryl Dike, £17m fee wanted by Orlando - report

Leeds United have been impressed when tracking Barnsley loanee, Daryl Dike, this season, according to teamTALK.

The Whites have joined half of the Premier League in scouting the Orlando City loanee, who has impressed in the Championship this season.

Barnsley have the obligation to sign the 20-year-old at the end of the season for £17million, with promotion to the Premier League their only chance as it stands.

There is stiff competition for Dike.

Manchester United, Chelsea and Everton have also been mentioned and it appears as though the 20-year-old could be in the Premier League one way or the other.

The Toffees are said to be leading the race as it stands, with no one having made an official offer to the American side during this current loan spell.

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Leeds clearly need another forward at the club, with Marcelo Bielsa having no clear replacement for Patrick Bamford should he pick up a serious injury.

Better out there.

Dike may have been earning rave reviews in the Championship, but are five goals enough for that to happen?

Some of the biggest names in the Premier League have been linked with a move for the American international, who we believe needs to prove himself more for the £17million fee to become understandable.

The striker has only started eight games at Oakwell, but Carlton Morris, another Barnsley forward has managed to score six goals in 87 fewer minutes.

Bielsa would be much better off using the likes of Sam Greenwood or Joe Gelhardt than spending a huge chunk of money on Dike.

The Whites need more of an established name if they are to push towards European football in the years to come, and unfortunately, Dike isn’t that.

In other Leeds United news, report claims big-money player leaving Elland Road is ‘inevitable’