Leeds are set to sign Dutch striker Jay-Roy Grot after the player arrived in Leeds in the last 24 hours. for a medical and to discuss personal terms. The highly rated youngster was on the brink of joining Fiorentina earlier this summer before the cash-strapped Italian side pulled out after a disagreement over the fee. Leeds are set to pay just under £2 million to secure his services.
Grot is highly rated in Holland and is currently part of the under 19’s national side. Fiorentina seemed nailed on to land the striker and indeed everyone thought the deal was done but they couldn’t negotiate the fee, something that Leeds have had no issue in doing with the money for departed striker Chris Wood sat in the bank. It’s hard to argue about the signing, given the players reputation and the fact that Victor Orta has proved so clever in the European market so far, Ezgjan Alioski and Samu Saiz proving that value for money can be found if you are good enough and finding the players.
At 6 foot 3 Grot isn’t the usual 19 year old striker, who also possesses great strength as well as speed which allows him to be seen as a target man or a centre forward. According to reports, Grot’s main strength is his strong areal presence, which is helped by his huge 6 foot 3 frame, which allows him to have a strong, powerful header. As well as being strong in the air, he is skilled with his feet and has a strong right foot and with these attributes he could prove a perfect fit for the Championship.
Leeds could seal this deal at any time with reports in Holland it’s just awaiting official announcement from both clubs, probably the medical now just to be finalised. It is also reported that Leeds remain keen on Middlesbrough striker Rudy Gestede, and may well up their bid which is at around £6 million as things stand. Caleb Ekuban is the only striker at Leeds but is injured, although Kemar Roofe stepped in last night and proved more than capable, scoring a hat-trick in the League Cup.