By Craig Scott

9th Jan, 2020 | 8:30pm

Leeds in hunt to sign 11-cap striker seen as more viable option than Sharp - report

Leeds United view Sheffield United’s David McGoldrick as a more viable striker option than team-mate Billy Sharp in the January transfer window, according to Football Insider.

The news outlet claims that Leeds have turned their attention to the 32-year-old Republic of Ireland international as they aim to find a replacement for Eddie Nketiah.

Arsenal terminated Nketiah’s loan spell at Elland Road last week and Marcelo Bielsa is now on the hunt for someone who can fill the void left by the England Under-21 striker’s exit.

McGoldrick has now emerged on Leeds’ radar, however there are other clubs in the Premier League and Championship who are keen on the former Ipswich striker.

McGoldrick has failed to score in 18 Premier League appearances this season but has managed to supply two assists and is someone who has a proven record in the Championship.

The Irish forward has netted 75 goals in 318 second-tier appearances and could be handy for Leeds as they aim to seal automatic promotion to the Premier League.

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Bielsa is bound to struggle if Bamford is his only out-and-out striker option in the second half of the season so the experience of a player like McGoldrick, who has 11 caps for Ireland, could come in handy.

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