By Craig Scott

25th Aug, 2021 | 12:10pm

Leeds United loan deal on the cards for Orlando City striker Daryl Dike

Leeds United are exploring the possibility of signing a new centre-forward before the transfer window closes and Orlando City striker Daryl Dike has emerged as an option, according to TeamTalk.

Despite it being reported several times by Sky Sports’ Dharmesh Sheth and The Athletic’s Phil Hay that Leeds are only interested in a central midfielder and potentially a winger this month, TeamTalk now claims that the Whites want a back-up for Patrick Bamford.

West Brom are reportedly leading the race to sign 21-year-old Dike, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Barnsley.

It is understood that a loan move for Dike is also on the cards for Leeds with just six days left until the transfer window closes.

Unexpected

It would be a huge shock if Leeds did sign USA international Dike.

TeamTalk even report in their story that Leeds have Bamford, Rodrigo and Tyler Roberts all capable of playing up front so why do they need another striker?

Marcelo Bielsa can also call upon Joe Gelhardt or Sam Greenwood from the Under-23s if he has to.

Dike had a good loan spell at Barnsley last term, bagging nine goals in 22 appearances to help them reach the Championship play-offs.

He’s a big, powerful striker and doesn’t really match Bamford’s style of play at all.

Nothing about this makes sense and we really doubt there’s much in it. It would be such a ridiculous knee-jerk transfer if the Whites do try to sign Dike based on their performance against Crewe in the Carabao Cup when Bamford had to come off the bench and save the day.

West Brom are understandably linked with Dike because of Valerien Ismael being their manager and the fact they actually need a striker.

It makes no sense for us to want a new striker when we’ve been told all summer how Leeds just wanted a left-back, central midfielder and potentially a winger.

In other Leeds United news, watch as a female pitch invader wrestled with stewards at Elland Road last night.