The Whites narrowly avoided relegation from the Premier League last season and have already brought in several acquisitions in an attempt to change their fortunes.
What is the latest news involving Leeds?
Jesse Marsch has already been able to make his mark on the first-team squad, though, bringing in Brenden Aaronson and Rasmus Kristensen from Red Bull Salzburg, while Marc Roca has arrived from Bayern Munich.
Meanwhile, transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has revealed that RB Leipzig midfielder Tyler Adams and Feyenoord winger Luis Sinisterra are also set to join the American’s Leeds revolution.
Yet bringing in a new forward remains a priority for Marsch. Patrick Bamford struggled with injuries throughout 2021/22 and the likes of Rodrigo and Tyler Roberts failed to step up in his absence.
What has Thornton said about Leeds?
Thornton believes any new forward would play alongside Bamford rather than replace him due to Marsch typically favouring a system containing two up top.
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In an interview with GiveMeSport, he said: “They’re definitely actively looking to get a striker in, and the plan is to play the striker alongside Patrick Bamford.
“So, Bielsa liked to play one up front, Jesse Marsch, in his system, will play two up top. So, they’ll look to get a striker.”
Who could Leeds sign?
The Athletic’s reliable journalist Phil Hay recently reported that Leeds ‘are pursuing’ Charles De Ketelaere of Club Bruges and view him as a secondary striker or false nine.
In what was an outstanding 2021/22 for the 21-year-old, he registered 18 goals and 10 assists in 49 appearances, firing his side to the league title.
Leeds are set to face stiff competition for his signature, with AC Milan and Arsenal also credited with an interest in De Ketelaere.
Yet Marsch will surely remain hopeful that the promise of regular game time will be enough to entice the Belgium international to west Yorkshire.
It’s believed that a fee in the region of €40 million (£34.5m) would be enough to secure De Ketelaere’s services, a figure that would make him Leeds’ record signing.