By Jonty Banks

11th Nov, 2022 | 8:10pm

Leeds United active in January transfer talks as Phil Hay shares Jesse Marsch response

Jesse Marsch may have openly admit that Leeds United will be in the market for a striker during the January transfer window, according to The Athletic’s Phil Hay.

The Whites have struggled for a consistent goal threat this season due to injuries to Patrick Bamford and Rodrigo, with the club being linked with a move for PSV Eindhoven’s Cody Gakpo amid other names.

Leeds currently sit 12th in the Premier League table following back-to-back victories over Liverpool and Bournemouth, but it is still thought Marsch could use some reinforcements in the striker position with plans now active.

Hay provided fans with an update on his Twitter account (11 November), saying: “By the time Leeds resume their season, the January transfer window will be almost open.”

“Marsch says the club are active. He doesn’t want to talk about any specific positions.”

The Leeds manager was then directly quoted as having said: ‘We talked enough about a striker in the summer and I don’t think that’s gone away’.”

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Goals needed

It is clear to every Leeds fan that signing a proven goalscorer is a necessity during the January transfer window if the club are to continue progressing.

Unfortunately for Marsch, Bamford can no longer be seen as a viable long-term option as Leeds’ number nine, with the forward picking up countless injuries over the past season. With Bamford constantly on the sidelines, goals have been spread elsewhere between the likes of Rodrigo, Luis Sinisterra and Crysencio Summerville.

However, these players cannot continue to hold this Leeds side afloat and eventually their goals will dry up meaning a forward signing is definitely needed.

The most obvious choice would be Cody Gakpo, who has been in frightening form for PSV this season having already scored 13 goals and notched up 17 assists, but the £50 million price tag could mean Leeds gets outpriced by the likes of Manchester United.

Whoever they end up eyeing up, it is a promising sign that Marsch has so openly expressed his desire to make moves during the January window.

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