By Craig Scott

1st Apr, 2020 | 2:52pm

Report: Leeds prepared to table £13.1m bid for international centre-forward

Leeds United are prepared to table a bid worth £13.1million as they aim to sign Metz forward Habib Diallo, according to Le Quotidien du Foot.

The French news outlet claims that Diallo, 24, is “highly courted” by Leeds, who were edging closer and closer to promotion to the Premier League before the coronavirus pandemic brought English football to a halt last month.

Although Diallo has over two years remaining on his contract at Metz, it is understood that the Senegal international could look to quit the Ligue 1 club in the next transfer window and pursue a move across the English Channel.

Diallo has been in impressive form for struggling Metz this season, scoring 12 goals and supplying three assists in 26 Ligue 1 appearances.

Leeds’ current starting striker Patrick Bamford has only scored one more league goal than Diallo this term despite playing in 10 more matches than the Senegalese centre-forward.

Bamford’s lack of goals has been a source of frustration for most Leeds United supporters this season and if the Whites do go up into the Premier League, there’s a chance that Marcelo Bielsa and Victor Orta will seek out a replacement.

Is Diallo being lined up as that replacement?

While Orta is likely to have a number of strikers on his shortlist for if Leeds win promotion, it is hard to say at the moment whether Diallo is a concrete target with the 2019/20 season and summer transfer window in doubt due to coronavirus.

In other Leeds United news, here are three things Bielsa must do as soon as he can once training is back.