By Pranav Shahaney

29th Aug, 2022 | 2:10pm

Phil Hay shares if Leeds United have appetite to break club record before transfer deadline

Leeds United do not have the appetite to break their transfer record and pay £33million for a player before September 1, claims Phil Hay.

The Athletic journalist claims that the club saw Charles De Ketelaere as a generational talent and were willing to loosen the purse strings for him.

However, they will not be spending that money on a striker ahead of the deadline and it’s only going to be a cosmetic fit up front.

Speaking on the Phil Hay Show (20:01), Hay said, “The appetite to spend £33million is unlikely to be there.

“I don’t think it has to be £33million but any striker will do.

“People seem to think that De Ketelaere is heading for big things and headed for a really high level.

“I don’t think there’s much expectation that Leeds would do something like that at this stage. It’s more about numbers and it’s more about good and competent padding up front.”

Sign somebody

At this stage, Leeds fans and Jesse Marsch will welcome any striker before the transfer window closes in a few days.

Despite Rodrigo’s good start to the season and Patrick Bamford and Joe Gelhardt to be available soon, there is a need to bring in another body up front.

To sign a player who’s going to be on their current options up front is now unlikely and improbable too as these big-money deals usually tend to take some time.

There are strikers on the club’s radar and we’re hoping that they bring in anyone who can paper over the cracks and give an output of 10-15 goals across all competitions.

The over-reliance on one player seems to have gone now and the recruitment has been catered to players who are ideal for Marsch’s system.

That said, they cannot be too picky to sign a striker and must look at options that could be quick fixes and also offer some resale value in the future.

Realistically, nobody expects the Whites to shatter their transfer record in the coming days.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites could make a final push for an international striker after he was left out of his side’s matchday squad last weekend.