Leeds United are reportedly interested in signing Espanyol and Spain striker Raul de Tomas, as are a couple of other Premier League teams.
The Lowdown: De Tomas impressing in Spain
The 27-year-old is enjoying a hugely impressive season in his homeland, scoring 12 goals in just 21 La Liga appearances for Espanyol.
De Tomas also won his maiden international cap for Spain back in November, as his career has really turned up a gear this term.
It looks as though the Spaniard could potentially be off to the Premier League, too, if a new rumour is to be believed.
The Latest: Leeds linked with move
The Gunners have identified him as an alternative to Dusan Vlahovic, while Leicester City are also mentioned as possible suitors.
It is stated that Espanyol don’t want to sell him for anything under €70million (£58.76m), though, so we would surely need to see that price come down if Victor Orta is to strike a deal.
The Verdict: Too expensive?
De Tomas’ ruthless form this season means he could be exactly what Leeds are after, in terms of providing stiff competition for Patrick Bamford.
The Englishman is the only real out and out goalscorer in the squad, meaning there is huge pressure on his shoulders and a gaping void to fill when he is not fit.
That being said, there is little to no chance that the Whites would pay the amount allegedly being demanded for De Tomas – Rodrigo is the club’s record signing at £27million.
Cheaper alternatives must instead be looked at by Orta, with a summer addition more likely than January reinforcements, due to financial issues.
In other news, Phil Hay has provided a key Leeds transfer update. Read more here.
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