By Neil Champney

28th Jul, 2020 | 6:05pm

Report - Leeds plot summer raid for 29-goal hitman, Orta has signed him before

Leeds United are considering a bid for Girona forward Cristhian Stuani, according to 90min

The 33-year-old is understood to have attracted attention from Elland Road following a series of impressive seasons in Spain.

The former Middlesbrough man has enjoyed something of a renaissance since making the move to the continent, and hit 29 goals in 36 outings this term alone.

It was Whites director Victor Orta who initially signed the 50-cap Uruguay international for Boro, and it is understood that his opinion of the versatile forward has only been emboldened by his dazzling form for Girona.

The report even goes as far as to suggest that Marcelo Bielsa has signed off on a deal for the player, while his age should mean that he is available for a cut-price fee in the coming weeks.

That could be advantageous for a Elland Road chiefs, who are trying to work within a budget while still giving Bielsa as many options as possible ahead of the club’s long-awaited return to the Premier League.

This is certainly an interesting one.

Stuani didn’t exactly set the world alight during his time at Boro, and only managed four goals in 23 Premier League outings in particular.

But he has looked like man reborn since he made the move to Spain, and his overall goals tally now stands at 70 in 103 appearances since making the switch.

Granted, moving for a 33-year-old doesn’t exactly scream long-term ambition, but bearing in mind we have a 35-year-old wizard among our ranks in the shape of Pablo Hernandez, we should know better than to write a player off simply because he has a few more miles on the clock.

Price will likely be a big factor in whether or not Leeds actually decide to make a play for Stuani, but if he can be snapped up on the cheap, we think this could be a very smart piece of business ahead of our top flight comeback.

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