Premier League

Leeds boss targeting Jason Roberts

Leeds manager Simon Grayson has launched a spectacular bid for Blackburn striker Jason Roberts. According to the Mirror, Grayson is looking to bolster his side for the tough season run in and believes the big target man would be a strong addition.

Leeds have put in a loan bid and are willing to pay the majority of the strikers wage bill. The former Wigan and West Brom striker is not a guaranteed starter for Sam Allardyce yet he has proven Premier League experience which Blackburn may not be willing to lose in their relegation dogfight. Any deal may depend on Blackburn’s other deals, such as Benni McCarthy’s proposed move to West Ham, with Allardyce unlikely to want to lose two strikers in one day.  Blackburn have however been linked to Stoke’s James Beattie which may open the door for Roberts to leave.

The deal would be a further coup for Leeds after their FA cup performances, and would emphasise the appeal and size of the club. Not many clubs could tempt a player to drop two leagues and the audacity to try says a lot of the confidence that is returning to Elland Road.

If Roberts were willing to make the move he would add to a strong striking line up alongside Luciano Becchio and the much sought after Jermaine Beckford.

Roberts has had a quiet season scoring 3 goals in 18 league appearances.

[Is there any substance to this and should this rumour Fly or Die?]

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