Leeds United are in the hunt for promotion this season, with Thomas Christiansen’s side kept out of the playoff places by goal difference alone.
Defeat to Ipswich Town on Saturday afternoon however has highlighted to fans here in The Transfer Tavern however that further changes to the squad are needed this month, with a striker the top item on the agenda over the course of the next couple of weeks. However over a lunchtime pint between our landlord and fans, news broke of an update on Leeds’ pursuit of Derby County forward Chris Martin, with Football Insider reporting that the Whites’ hopes of signing the experienced Scot are over.
Christiansen had hoped to sign up Martin on a loan deal until the end of the season, however Football Insider has suggested that Derby have rejected an approach as they consider Leeds a direct promotion rival, and will therefore not deal with a direct rival this month.
Landlord’s Verdict: News of Martin’s unavailability will come as a blow to Christiansen and Leeds fans, who are in desperate need of a frontman to find the back of the net on a regular basis over the course of the second half of the campaign.
The Leeds squad has lacked a prolific goalscorer following Chris Wood’s departure to Burnley in August, and summer signings including Pawel Cibicki and Jay-Roy Grot have struggled to adapt to the demands of English football. Christiansen must now pursue other options, with this deal seemingly dead in the water.
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