By Sam Stone

4th Sep, 2022 | 9:40pm

Leeds United must follow through with January move for Blackburn striker Ben Brereton Diaz

After failing with a summer move for Blackburn striker Ben Brereton Diaz Leeds United must start planning a January swoop for the striker.

The Athletic’s Phil Hay reported (via Athletic blog, 1 September) that Leeds were put off by Blackburn’s £15million-£20million valuation of the Chilean striker.

Brereton Diaz has one year left on his current deal at Ewood Park and it’s fair to say that he will be a man who is very much in demand in the winter window.

There will be a host of clubs looking to land the striker, who has proven himself to be an efficient goalscorer at Championship level over the past couple of seasons.

Leeds must get some groundwork done now if they want to steal a march for the striker, with another forward probably still required at Elland Road.

Willy Gnonto joined the club in the dying moments of the transfer window, but he is still extremely young and a raw talent.

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Whether he will be the answer to Jesse Marsch’s striking issues remains very much up in the air at the moment.

The American would probably have preferred a slightly older option much like Brereton Diaz.

With Rodrigo out injured this is certainly a move that the club could look to get wrapped up for when the January window opens.

A cut-price move for Brereton Diaz should be near the top of Marsch’s plans in the coming weeks and months

In other Leeds United news, the Whites tried a late summer deal to sign this Leicester player.