The Leeds United hierarchy are keen on retaining the services of talented winger Luis Sinisterra this summer and have reportedly submitted a bid for a striker whose identity is currently unknown.
That is according to the Yorkshire Evening Post’s Graham Smyth, who was responding to mass speculation concerning Sinisterra’s future at Leeds after he was declared “not available” for the Whites’ clash with Birmingham City over the weekend.
The Colombian wide man was linked with a move to former club Feyenoord earlier today, news which would have came as a blow to the Elland Road faithful following confirmation of the departure of long-serving winger Jack Harrison to Premier League side Everton on a season-long loan this morning.
Smyth claims that reports suggesting Sinisterra may return to play for Arne Slot’s side are “wide of the mark”, but cautions that the 24-year-old is still “expected to attract interest” in what remains of the transfer window.
Keeping hold of Sinisterra could prove crucial in boosting the Whites’ promotion hopes this term given the tenuous position occupied by fellow winger Wilfried Gnonto in West Yorkshire after refusing to play in Leeds’ last two competitive matches.
Leeds submit bid for unknown striker
Also provided as part of Smyth’s transfer update was a development regarding the signing of a new striker, a position in which Leeds have looked weak in since the start of the season.
This is, in part, due to the departure of last season’s top scorer Rodrigo – who joined Qatari side Al-Rayyan for a £3m fee this summer – as well as an injury to Patrick Bamford. Georginio Rutter, the club’s record signing at approximately £35m, is yet to score for the Whites since joining from Bundesliga outfit Hoffenheim in January.
And with youngster Joe Gelhardt struggling to hit the heights which saw him become a fan favourite towards the end of the 2021/22 season, Leeds need a focal point in attack.
Now it appears a new arrival up front could well be on the horizon, with Smyth stating that Leeds “have lodged a bid for an as yet unnamed striker”, a claim that comes amid links with young Aston Villa forward Cameron Archer in recent times.
With little over two weeks of the summer trading period remaining, one thing is for certain: Whites boss Daniel Farke needs reinforcements if he is to guide his side back to the top-flight at the first time of asking.