According to Joe Rawson of Radio Yorkshire Leeds have made a bid for Preston North End striker Jordan Hugill. The big number 9 played last Saturday at Elland Road as Leeds and Preston fought out a bore draw, Hugill influential without scoring.
When the deal for Chris Wood goes through Leeds will have money to burn. We were all spent out, Andrea Radrizzani spending around £15 million on the squad although the £7 million for Charlie Taylor went some way to recouping half of that. Now we are set to have another £15 million straight into the bank account for spending, with add-ons to follow. We need two strikers, Caleb Ekuban the only striker at the club and he limped off with what looked like a hamstring problem yesterday at Sunderland. We have a game on Tuesday and then again on Saturday at Forest and going into them with no striker at all is a serious problem. Kemar Roofe played the last half hour up front on his own last night.
Hugill is a good Championship player but doesn’t strike you as being top-end. He can certainly do a job as we saw at Elland Road last week, he actually got the better of Jansson in the air nearly ever time but he didn’t really get a chance to put the ball in the back of the net, something he has managed three times so far this season in League and Cup. He scored thirteen goals for Preston last season and would probably command a fee somewhere between four and six million. Rawson says Leeds have made a decent bid for the player and he expects it to be accepted. Is he the answer? I think we will need a more prolific striker personally but I do like Hugill, maybe we will also sign another (if this happens) because we have so much more money than most teams now, and there are plenty of very good options.