By Craig Scott

26th Aug, 2021 | 12:59pm

Reading join Leeds United and West Ham in Adolfo Gaich hunt

Leeds United have been joined by Reading in the pursuit of CSKA Moscow striker Adolfo Gaich, according to the Reading Chronicle.

The news outlet reports that West Ham are also keen on the 22-year-old Argentina international, who’s been wanted by Reading for several weeks but have been held back due to financial restraints.

It is understood that if the Championship club does sign Gaich, it would be a loan deal as Madejski stars Lucas Joao and Yakou Meite are both injured.

Earlier this month, Italian football website TuttoMercatoWeb reported that Leeds had made a bid for Gaich as he seems “destined” to leave CSKA on loan before the transfer deadline next week.

Do we need a striker?

Marcelo Bielsa already has Patrick Bamford, Tyler Roberts and Rodrigo who can play up front and there are also Joe Gelhardt and Sam Greenwood in the Under-23s who are more than capable of stepping up to the senior squad.

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Gaich isn’t really someone who excites us despite the fact he’s a young and powerful centre-forward who’s been capped by the Argentina national team.

Last summer, CSKA signed Gaich from Argentinean outfit San Lorenzo but he barely played for them and scored just one goal in 18 appearances.

In January, he was shipped out on loan to Italian club Benevento, who were relegated from Serie A as Gaich spearheaded their attack.

The Argentine scored just twice in 15 appearances for them.

It’s no surprise that Gaich isn’t registered in CSKA’s squad for the current Russian Premier Liga season [Sport24] based on his goal return in both Russia and Italy.

Freelance reporter Courtney Friday, who covers Reading, says wages will be difficult for the Royals to pay if they want to sign Gaich.

We’d be surprised if anyone in England signs him.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites want to sign this international central midfielder.