By David Woods

17th Jan, 2020 | 1:37pm

'Which striker's it going to be?' – Phil Hay delivers detailed response to key transfer question

There’s one question that all Leeds United fans are desperate to know the answer to at the moment – “Which striker’s it going to be?”

That’s the exact question that was put to Phil Hay by his co-host on the latest episode of his podcast on the Athletic.

And, while there was no definitive answer, there were some really interesting new snippets of information, most notably how many names are on the shortlist.

“At the back end of last week, the confidence levels about Adams were suggesting it was going to happen,” Hay said. “But, because Ralph Hasenhuttl is so keen to keep him… this one hasn’t moved and has started to look less and less likely. Leeds haven’t given up on it completely.

“I think they would be keen on Andre Gray at Watford but he’s on a huge salary, well over £50k-a-week, so you’re looking for a big favour on the part of Watford.

“There’s Dwight Gayle but he’s injured. If you sign Gayle he is going to miss games… he’s as unfit as he is fit. How would his hamstrings even cope with Bielsa?

“They could get Billy Sharp but he just isn’t falling into the category of players Bielsa likes.”

Asked how many names were on the Leeds shortlist and who the mystery European striker is who’s been mentioned, Hay said, “Three or four names, five at the most. It has to be relatively concise because you can’t spend days chasing 10 players

“No names on that one [Euro striker], but someone who by all accounts Bielsa likes, thinks is decent. There’s a bit of a feeling that they would prefer to have someone who 100% knows the Championship.”

Hay ended by saying that a transfer request from Che Adams would probably force a move through but he questioned whether the striker was ready to do that.

However, he did say that last week he’d been told that Adams was ready to tell Hasenhuttl that he wanted to move.

That’s the state of play at the moment, although Hay did say that he expected Leeds to wrap up a striker signing next week.

The uncertainty is frustrating for fans but that’s the reality of trying to land a quality striker, who’s fit and playing, in the January transfer window.

The drama might not be good for the health of fans but it’s also exciting.

As it is, we just have to trust in Victor Orta and Marcelo Bielsa. The two of them have brought in or tried to bring in, quality players since they’ve been together… Kiko Casilla, Illan Meslier, Helder Costa, Jack Harrison, Daniel James (sorry to remind you).

Leeds fans might want it sorted now but we’re sure most, like us, would prefer to wait and get someone better, than compromise just to get business done earlier.

Bielsa will only sign a player he wants – he made that clear in the press conference on Thursday – and that could mean waiting.

Billy Sharp seems to the fallback option at the moment if none of the first choices work out.

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