Sky Sports pundit talks up January bid for Leeds United-linked Blackburn striker Ben Brereton Diaz
Jobi McAnuff can “certainly see” a Premier League side testing Blackburn with a bid for Leeds United target Ben Brereton Diaz this month.
The Whites made an 11th-hour approach for the Chile international on deadline day earlier this season and are still looking for a proven goalscorer in attack in the January window.
Brereton Diaz’s contract at Ewood Park currently expires in the summer but he is seen as crucial to the Championship side’s promotion push by manager Jon Dahl Tomasson who doesn’t want to lose him midseason, but McAnuff believes a top flight side are likely to force the club to make a decision on a risky situation.
Speaking to Sky Sports News in a clip aired on Thursday (5 January, 12.47pm) McAnuff said the Rovers man: “Linked [to a Premier League move] in a huge way, whether it’s Leeds, Everton, Brentford. Just an out and out goalscorer now, I think he’s got 10 in all competitions this season and four assists, he got 22 last year.
“He’s still a really good age. I can certainly see someone coming and testing Blackburn’s resolve. Do they want to risk losing him for nothing at the end of the season in terms of their bid to get promotion?
“Maybe that’s a risk the Blackburn hierarchy see as worth taking.”
The chosen one?
Brereton Diaz was apparently the last resort on 1 September, after Bamba Dieng’s move collapsed in slapstick circumstances.
He is far from a sure thing given his season-high prior to last season was seven Championship goals in 40 appearances.
But 22 last season has unsurprisingly attracted plenty of attention, and his record this year suggests he can sustain the step up.
At 23 still it is no surprise that top flight teams are looking at him, but it would represent a risk to break the bank, relatively speaking, and force Blackburn to let him go now.
Six months left and unproven in the Premier League, it seems far more sensible to investigate a cut-price January move and then wait to see if he is still available on a free transfer in the summer if not.
Whites supporters would surely be pleased to see him arrive in this window if there are no alternatives, but it has to make sense value-wise for the club.
In other Leeds United news, the club want another winter arrival in the coming days as a £9.75million move goes through.