By Craig Scott

10th Dec, 2021 | 12:10pm

Leeds United in pursuit of Uruguay centre-forward Agustin Alvarez

Leeds United are in the hunt to sign Penarol and Uruguay centre-forward Agustin Alvarez, according to PyD Radio journalist Wilson Mendez.

Writing via his personal Twitter account on Thursday, the Uruguyan reporter said that Zenit St Petersburg and Fiorentina are also keen on the 20-year-old goal machine. Zenit are reportedly willing to pay £12.8million for him.

Mendez adds that Uruguayan giants Penarol hope that Alvarez will stay with them for another six months before the summer transfer windows open in Europe.

Bamford back-up?

Leeds United need another striker in their ranks because we’ve seen this season that the side really struggles to score when Patrick Bamford is injured.

Bamford only returned to first-team action on Saturday after almost three months of absence with an injury but seemed to suffer a setback after his late equaliser in the 2-2 draw with Brentford.

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If he’s out for an extended spell of time then a new striker must be signed and someone who’s young, up-and-coming and has a good goal record would be a very welcome addition.

Alvarez scored 23 goals in 40 appearances across all competitions for Penarol as the South American season drew to a close recently.

The four-times Uruguay international, who scored on his debut against Bolivia earlier this year in September, helped fire Penarol to the Copa Libertadores semi-finals this year and also helped secure his side their 51st league title.

If he’s available for around the £12.8million that Zenit are willing to pay then we feel as though Alvarez wouldn’t be a bad option.

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has shared what Pep Guardiola once did to Victor Orta in the directors’ box.