By George Overhill

9th Jan, 2023 | 6:40pm

Coventry still haven’t received offers from any of the clubs chasing Leeds United target Viktor Gyokeres, according to the Coventry Telegraph.

After Phil Hay said on his podcast on 2 January that Victor Orta “definitely had an eye” on the Swedish international, a TEAMtalk report on Saturday (7 January) asserted that the Whites were “firmly involved” in the chase and ready to spend £14million.

They named Everton and Brentford as competition in the race for the in-demand striker, who scored his 13th goal of the season on Sunday as the Sky Blues were shocked in the FA Cup by Hollywood’s-own Wrexham.

The Toffees are reportedly so committed to the pursuit that they were ready to make a cash-plus-player offer for the £18million-rated goal scorer.

And with Fulham and Wolves now also credited with an interest in Gyokeres there appears to be a major market for the 24-year-old.

Yet the Coventry Telegraph reported Monday (9 January): “CoventryLive understands that, to date, the club have not received any offers or inquiries for Gyokeres’ services.”

Suspicious

The apparent radio silence in the Coventry transfer department on the subject of Gyokeres is very surprising with so many Premier League sides viewing him as ready to make the jump to the top flight.

His 29 league goals in the past season and a half suggest that is the next step for him, although Mark Robins doesn’t want to lose him.

Perhaps the mooted bid from Elland Road has not been forthcoming due to the Whites steaming ahead with a move for Hoffenheim youngster Georginio Rutter.

But the idea that they haven’t even made a phone call to broach the subject of a January move for the Championship forward, nor have any of the other interested sides who don’t have a big-money Bundesliga prospect on the way in, sounds unlikely.

If the Sky Blues are denying everything to local media it may be an attempt to squash speculation in public, but if the Whites or anyone else are going to land him this month there will need to be substantial activity soon, if there hasn’t been already.

In other Leeds United news, one other target whom the club have already bid for is seeing his price artificially driven up using the name of a European giant.