Leeds United’s interest in signing Swansea City striker Joel Piroe has been confirmed by The Athletic’s Phil Hay, who claims that the Whites are “actively in the mix” to sign the Dutchman.
Hay confirmed the development in a post on X, stating that Piroe is likely to leave the Swans this summer amid widespread interest from other clubs in acquiring his services.
The fact that the forward has grabbed the attention of several sides, including Leeds, is hardly surprising given his goalscoring record since joining Swansea from PSV Eindhoven in 2021. Piroe made an immediate impact in front of goal during his first season at the Swansea.com stadium, scoring 23 times in 46 appearances across all competitions.
He then set to work the season after proving that the previous year was no fluke, finding the back of the net 19 times in 43 league appearances.
Whilst Piroe is yet to make his mark in terms of goalscoring in the Championship so far this term, there is no denying that he would provide a much needed end-product to the chances that Leeds manager Daniel Farke’s side regularly produce.
With the loss of last season’s top scorer Rodrigo to Qatari side Al-Rayyan for a reported £3m fee this summer, as well as the inconsistent fitness of Patrick Bamford, the Whites hierarchy entered the window knowing that a reliable striker was top of their shopping list.
Now, with interest in Piroe from Leeds being rumoured all summer, an attempt to work with the Dutch forward to secure a deal has been confirmed by Hay.
Leeds United now actively in the mix for Joel Piroe's signature. Likely to leave Swansea before the deadline.
Leeds talking about a fee of £8m to £10m and very keen to land a number nine. But loads of interest in Piroe.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) August 23, 2023
With the West Yorkshire club recently having sold Tyler Adams to Bournemouth for an approximate £23m fee, they now presumably have the financial firepower – as well as the leeway with Financial Fair Play regulations – to stump up the £8m-£10m asking price for Piroe.
What remains to be seen, however, is whether Leeds will be able to tempt the 24-year-old to Elland Road given the significant amount of interest in him.