By Pranav Shahaney

17th Aug, 2022 | 3:40pm

Nice have reportedly submitted an opening offer of £8.4million for Leeds United and Everton target Ben Brereton Diaz.

According to the Sun, the Ligue 1 side are the first team to make an official bid for the 23-year-old striker this summer.

However, it is understood to be well short of the Championship side’s valuation of the Chile international.

Spring into action

Leeds cannot afford to sit on the backfoot for this one.

They need to sign a striker this summer and Brereton Diaz perfectly fits what they need.

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He’s quick, good at holding up play and most importantly knows where the back of the net is.

He has proven himself to be extremely consistent at Ewood Park and the Whites must not waste time in letting other teams bid for him.

There’s a good chance that he might fancy staying in England – having spent most of his formative years on the island.

A move to Elland Road will see him being a regular starter for a Premier League side – something that would be very hard to turn down.

With Everton being the only other English top flight club realistically vying for his services, Leeds can fancy their chances to secure his signature.

However, they need to submit a bid within the next few days as Nice will surely be returning with an improved offer and they could look to lure him to France.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites now have a clear run to sign a £20m-rated left-back as their Premier League rivals have now bowed out of the race.