By Craig Scott

14th Jan, 2020 | 6:30pm

YEP journalist shares what he's heard about Leeds pursuit of 20-goal striker

Leeds United have watched Aberdeen striker Sam Cosgrove but it seems unlikely that they have serious interest in him, according to Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Graham Smyth.

The reporter claimed via his personal Twitter account on Tuesday that he heard before January that Cosgrove, 23, had emerged on the radar of the Whites.

It is understood that the Beverley-born striker could head to an English team this month due to his fine form in the Scottish Premiership but Elland Road seems an unlikely destination.

Cosgrove has been on fire this season for Aberdeen.

The former Wigan and Carlisle striker has scored 20 goals in 26 appearances across all competitions for the Dons, who currently sit fourth in the Scottish Premiership standings.

Cosgrove, as Smyth says, is a strong forward who knows where the back of the net is and there is a good chance that Leeds have looked at him due to his record in front of goal and his hold-up play.

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Marcelo Bielsa needs a new striker before the end of the month after he faces having Patrick Bamford as the only out-and-out option between February and May.

Che Adams seems to be the number one target but if Leeds miss out on him, maybe they will firm up their interest in a striker like Cosgrove, who could be willing to join a club in the Championship.

In other Leeds United news, the club want to get this 26-year-old off their wage bill as soon as possible.