Leeds ready to reignite striker interest as Heckingbottom eyes summer reinforcements – report

Leeds United supporters have been somewhat quieter in the Transfer Tavern in the last few days after seeing their side’s winless run stretch to eight matches with a 2-1 defeat to Yorkshire rivals Sheffield United on Saturday.

Paul Heckingbottom was taking charge of his first game since being appointed as Thomas Christiansen’s successor last week, but he was unable to crown the occasion with all three points at Bramall Lane. Former Whites striker Billy Sharp gave the Blades a second minute lead before Pierre Michel Lasogga equalised for the visitors just after half time, yet it was Sharp who had the final say by slotting home a penalty 17 minutes from the end to clinch all three points for Chris Wilder’s side.

Subsequently, there have been many quiet Leeds fans in the Tavern in recent times, although they are likely to be encouraged by a recent report from The Daily Mail, which suggests that they are set to reignite their interest in striker Jerry Mbakogu in the summer.

The 25-year-old currently plays his trade at Serie B side Carpi and has done so since 2014, in which time he has managed 37 goals and 22 assists in 126 appearances for the club, including six goals this term to help them to ninth place in the Italian second tier.

And the Nigerian forward was reportedly subject of interest from Leeds during January only for no deal to materialise, yet recent reports suggest that the Whites are seeking to reignite their interest in the summer as new boss Heckingbottom seeks reinforcements to bolster his ranks at Elland Road.

But whether the Championship side are indeed able to get a deal done for the striker remains to be seen.

Landlord’s verdict: Carpi striker Jerry Mbakogu was reportedly attracting the attention of Leeds United during the January transfer window, only for the Serie B outfit to retain his services beyond the deadline.

Yet the Championship club are reportedly keen on reigniting their interest in the 25-year-old this summer, as new boss Paul Heckingbottom seeks to bolster his ranks ahead of the new season, a season which is likely to see the Whites playing in the second tier.

With six goals this term for Carpi, Mbakogu continues to prove his worth, but whether Leeds can convince the Serie B side to part with the Nigerian forward this summer remains to be seen.

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