Phil Hay has tonight revealed that Leeds United are in advanced talks with West Brom over striker Tyler Roberts. The 19-year-old has been linked with the club this window and Leeds will be looking to sign the player for an initial £2.5 million, rising to £4 million.
Leeds have been looking for a striker throughout the window and it was becoming increasingly clear we couldn’t find one for the right price. We still have Chris Wood money left and it seems like some will be spent on highly rated West Brom man Tyler Roberts. The striker has recently returned from a loan spell at League One Wallsall and he was expected to push for the first-team but West Brom signed Daniel Sturridge in search of Premier League safety and that has allowed Roberts the chance to move on. The likes of Marseille and AC Milan have been linked with the player but whether there was truth in that remains to be seen.
Roberts has only one appearance in the first-team at West Brom but was heavily involved with the clubs pre-season tour during the summer. We can’t say whether he is a good player or not just yet because we haven’t seen him play but in terms of ticking boxes for what we wanted. We wanted a pacey and powerful striker to add to what we have and he certainly fits that description from what we know. Caleb Ekuban will be fit in two weeks and I think most importantly this signing gives us a boost heading into a crazy run of fixtures against the top sides.