Leeds United are reportedly interested in signing Orlando City striker Daryl Dike in the January transfer window, as they eye up attacking reinforcements.
The Lowdown: Dike impresses in England
The 21-year-old American has taken the MLS by storm, scoring 19 goals in 41 appearances for Orlando, also chipping in with four assists.
For those unimpressed due to the MLS’ status as a lower-tier league however, Dike spent last season on loan at Championship side Barnsley, finding the net nine times in 22 matches, showing he can perform in English football.
With Leeds badly in need of attacking firepower currently, Dike has emerged as a potential January target.
The Latest: Leeds could sign Dike
According to 90min, the USA international has been offered to a number of Premier League clubs in January, with the Whites one of those in question.
It is stated that a ‘winter loan could be made permanent’, allowing Dike to prove his worth on a temporary basis initially.
The Verdict: Exciting long-term addition
Dike may not be the finished article yet but he looks like a hugely exciting young player who could strengthen Leeds’ squad depth in the attacking third.
He has been hailed as ‘unbelievable’ by former Barnsley and current West Brom manager Valerien Ismael, and is someone who would provide competition for Patrick Bamford with a different style of play – Dike is a 6 foot 2 colossus whose biggest strength is his finishing ability in the air (Whoscored).
Bamford has been plagued by injuries this season and may not be at his best upon his return, so Dike could come in and ease that potential issue, representing a long-term signing at just 21 years of age but also an immediate injection of quality.
In other news, Phil Hay has made a Leeds transfer claim regarding one player. Read more here.
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