By George Overhill

1st Sep, 2022 | 9:05pm

Leeds United could still sign Joel Piroe from Swansea before 11pm deadline

Leeds United are set for “exciting hours” with the possibility of signing a striker still on the table in the form of Swansea’s Joel Piroe, according to Rik Elfrink.

The Dutch journalist had his finger on the pulse early on deadline day on the failed pursuit of Cody Gakpo from PSV, and believes the former Eindhoven striker could still be on for a move to Elland Road.

That of course comes after the apparently secured deal to sign Marseille’s Bamba Dieng dramatically collapsed at the last, with Nice coming in with a late offer that prevented him from boarding a private jet to England when already at the airport.

Elfrink wrote on his personal Twitter account on Thursday evening (1 September) as the minutes ticked down towards the 11pm deadline: “Exciting hours in England for former PSV player Joël Piroe, because a switch to Leeds United may still be a possibility, says a good source. Leeds itself has not yet confirmed this.”

Piroe, 23, only signed for the Swans from the Eredivisie a year ago, netting 22 Championship goals in his first season.

Someone? Anyone?

That it has come to this situation so late in the dying hours of the transfer window will be a source of disbelief and frustration for the fan base, but any late possibility to snatch an answer has to be investigated.

Piroe already has two this season and his goalscoring form upon arrival in England and Wales suggests there is quality there.

If Patrick Bamford can maintain his fitness then it would likely be a back-up role for the Dutchman anyway, with a view to develop if he takes to the top flight.

Having missed out on Charles De Ketelaere at the expense of the likes of Arnaud Kalimuendo earlier in the summer, and with one after the other of the targets in the final days fall away, the club have put themselves in a hole.

Gakpo, Dieng, and Hwang Hee-chan were all suddenly very meaningful targets and looking promising but none will be at Elland Road this season apparently.

Victor Orta and Andrea Radrizzani will no doubt be up all night trying to push a late, late deal for help at striker through, and they need to be because the situation has ended up resembling a farce after a window that had previously seemed quite carefully planned.

In other Leeds United news, a shock u-turn saw another Whites forward target collapse.