By Craig Scott

17th Aug, 2022 | 6:15pm

Blackburn need to sell players this month and could sell Leeds United-linked striker Ben Brereton Diaz for as low as £12million before add-ons, according to The Sun.

The newspaper reported via their live transfer blog on Wednesday (17 August, 03:27pm) that Bournemouth, Everton, Fulham and West Ham are also interested in signing the 23-year-old Chile international while French side OGC Nice have already seen an £8.4milion bid rejected.

It is understood that due to Brereton Diaz’s contract expiring next year, overseas clubs will be able to negotiate a pre-contract deal with him as early as January.

However, Blackburn’s transfer budget is the lowest in the Championship, The Sun claims, and Ewood Park chiefs “could be tempted by an initial offer of £12-15million before add-ons” for Brereton Diaz.

What are we waiting for?

Brereton Diaz has scored a heap of goals in the Championship for Blackburn.

He’s started this season well with two goals and an assist in three games for Rovers while last term he netted 22 times in 37 games playing both as a striker and a left-winger.

The former Nottingham Forest attacker has also been in good form for Chile, scoring four goals in 14 caps since making his debut in June last year.

If Leeds can sign Brereton Diaz for £12million up front then they should seriously consider it.

Yes, he’ll be available for free next year as it stands but so many teams will be trying to sign him then that it could make it impossible for the Whites to complete a deal.

Leeds need a new striker for this season and Brereton Diaz could be great competition for Patrick Bamford, who spent a lot of last season injured.

If Bamford gets injured again and misses more games, who plays up front for us? Based on the evidence of last season, no one at the club can be trusted to play as a striker for a prolonged spell other than the England international.

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