Leeds open talks to sign £8m attacker

Marcelo Bielsa

Leeds have had a rather enjoyable start to the new season.

The first match was an exhilarating 4-3 defeat at the hands of Liverpool before they were on the right end of a 4-3 scoreline after beating Fulham at Elland Road.

Leeds then kept their first clean sheet of the season last weekend, seeing off Sheffield United in a tight Yorkshire derby.

Patrick Bamford was once again on the scoresheet.

The striker came into the new season having scored just one Premier League goal. However, Bamford now has three in three outings this season. He has well and truly silenced his doubters.

Of course, the forward will need to sustain that type of form throughout the course of an entire season to be considered a success. 

Despite his good form, though, Leeds are still trying to sign an attacker. 

Marcelo Bielsa

According to The Daily Mail, Leeds have begun talks to sign a player currently plying his trade in the Netherlands for FC Utrecht.

That happens to be pacey winger Gyrano Kerk.

The report claims that Kerk could cost the Whites a fee of £8m but they will have to battle Italian sides Cagliari and Verona for his services. 

Leeds have reached a stumbling block in their bid to sign Dan James from Manchester United because the Red Devils want a replacement sewn up first. 

Consequently, Victor Orta is busy looking for alternatives out wide. Kerk is seen as a viable option and they could easily leapfrog their nearest competitors to sign him. That's because Cagliari and Verona have so far only offered £6m to sign Kerk. 

Gyrano Kerk

GIVEMESPORT'S Matt Dawson says...

This is certainly an interesting name to chase.

Kerk can play on both flanks and would certainly be a great help in trying to replace Pablo Hernandez.

The Spaniard is currently injured and there are fears over his long-term fitness at the elite level.

Thus, Leeds are wise to chase someone as prolific as Kerk in the final third. The winger scored ten goals and created seven assists in the league last season.

Jay-Roy Grot

However, Orta must be careful of investing in talent from the Netherlands again. You only need to look at the impact of another forward player like Jay-Roy Grot.

The attacker arrived from the Eredivisie and NEC Nijmegen after a campaign where he found the back of the net on five occasions. 

It's one thing being able to do it in the Dutch top-flight, but English football is a different beast.

Grot arrived in the Championship and flopped considerably. He has started just once in the league for Leeds and has never played a minute under Marcelo Bielsa.

Of course, Kerk has a better record but Leeds must still be wary. 

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