Joe Gelhardt exit from Leeds on the cards for deadline day, Ipswich want him
Leeds United forward Joe Gelhardt is “on the list” of striker targets for Ipswich Town, according to Darren Witcoop.
The Sunday Mirror journalist shared on X (1 September) that the Championship side are in the market for another attacker, with Gelhardt under consideration.
Witcoop claims that Ipswich are willing to let striker Freddie Ladapo depart to League One, but only if they bring in another forward before the end of the window.
Despite making three appearances for the Whites in the Championship already this season, Gelhardt could become surplus to requirements at Elland Road.
With Joel Piroe’s arrival to the club, Gelhardt was always going to have an uphill battle to secure regular minutes in the league at Leeds but may have the chance to now if the Tractor Boys pull off the deal.
With the likes of Willy Gnonto, Piroe, Crysencio Summerville, Luis Sinisterra and Dan James to compete with for attacking positions, Gelhardt would have needed to up his game significantly if he wanted to disrupt the starting lineup.
While not all these players will necessarily be at Leeds before the end of the window, a move may suit the England youth international.
Ipswich are looking to add some more talent to their attacking lineup after completing a loan move for teenage Tottenham striker Dane Scarlett, so even at Portman Road the 21-year-old may face competition for minutes.
Many Leeds fans have clamoured for Gelhardt to get more game time, especially as he struggled to earn minutes for Leeds in the Premier League last season.
While his half-season loan spell with Championship Sunderland was quite successful, with three goals in 18 league appearances, he will hope to boost his overall numbers either as an Ipswich player or at Elland Road.
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