By Nick Ware

26th Aug, 2021 | 7:57pm

Senior Orlando City figure delivers Daryl Dike verdict as Leeds United reportedly ready loan bid

Daryl Dike is set to stay at Orlando City this season despite recent reports that the 21-year-old striker could move to Leeds United this summer.

That’s according to LUFC FanZone Twitter, who have shared quotes from a ‘senior figure’ at the MLS club.

They said: “Unfortunately we don’t comment on rumours, however I can say that we plan to keep Daryl at Orlando.”

Another one off the table?

Online news outlet TeamTalk reported yesterday [Wednesday, 25/08/21] that a late Leeds loan deal for the American was on the cards.

That set pulses racing after previous suggestions from Marcelo Bielsa that further incomings at Elland Road were unlikely this summer.

So far, only Junior Firpo and Kristoffer Klaesson have signed for the senior squad, while Jack Harrison made his three-year loan spell permanent from Manchester City.

If anything was to be done before the deadline on August 31 it was expected to be a central midfielder, with Huddersfield Town’s Lewis O’Brien the most strongly linked.

However, with only Patrick Bamford scoring double figures in the Premier League last season, there has been a feeling among Leeds supporters that a new forward should be signed this summer to aid the club’s progress and establish themselves as a top-flight club.

Dike is a name that piqued interest given he spent the second half of the 2020/21 campaign at fellow Yorkshire outfit Barnsley.

He made a huge impression at Oakwell, scoring nine goals in 19 appearances to fire the Tykes to the Championship play-offs, where they were narrowly defeated by Swansea City.

While he doesn’t appear to be perfectly suited to the Whites and the demands set by Marcelo Bielsa, his physique and goalscoring record in England certainly makes him an attractive option.

But it looks like Orlando are keen to keep hold of him, regardless of whether Leeds firm up their reported interest.

In other Leeds United news, Mark Lawrenson predicts this weekend’s Whites clash v Burnley.