By Sam Stone

7th Aug, 2022 | 6:50am

Leeds United: Jon Dahl Tomasson will let Ben Brereton Diaz leave Blackburn this summer

Leeds United could have received a boost in their pursuit of Ben Brereton Diaz with Blackburn Rovers manager Jon Dahl Tomasson admitting he won’t stand in the way of the 23-year-old this summer.

The Sun reported on 6 June that Leeds were eyeing a move for the forward who scored 21 Championship goals in the 2021/22 season.

Brereton Diaz has a year left on his current deal and Blackburn manager Dahl Tomasson may have given Leeds a boost by suggesting he won’t stand in the forward’s way should a Premier League club come in for the striker.

As quoted by Lancs Live (4 August), the Blackburn boss said: “I’ve told him that if he goes away, and anything in football is possible, I respect that.

“If a bigger club, at this moment, bigger than the Championship I think it’s understandable the player would have ambition.”

“If you play in a bigger, higher level it’s part of life.”

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Leeds are certainly on the lookout for a new striker with Jesse Marsch scouring Europe to identify a new frontman to rival Patrick Bamford in the 2022/23 campaign.

However, the Yorkshire side may be better off looking a little closer to home with Brereton Diaz being a proven Championship striker that could be signed for a cut-price fee.

He is currently entering the final year of his current deal at Ewood Park and Leeds would be foolish not to test the water for the Blackburn man.

As much as the Lancashire side will be eager to keep the forward at the club, they cannot risk losing him for free next summer.

Dahl Tomasson’s comments certainly sound like he is unwilling to lose him for nothing next summer and happy for the 23-year-old to depart Ewood Park this summer for the right offer.

Leeds should certainly be exploring this one further.

In other Leeds United news, this Leeds star has taken Marsch’s decision personally as he looks to quit Elland Road this summer.