Leeds’ opening bid Middlesbrough’s and Republic du Benin forward Rudy Gestede was reportedly £4million short of their valuation for the Essey-lès-Nancy, France born.
The report is according to the Yorkshire Evening Post that claim that the Whites saw a £6million offer turned down for the powerhouse striker last week as they look to replace Chris Wood.
Football Weeks understands that Boro value the 28-year-old at closer to £10million, meaning Leeds would need to cough out an extra £4million to meet the asking price.
The report details that Leeds are still looking to sign another forward in the reminder of the transfer window, despite having already secured a deal for 19-year-old attacker Jay-Roy Grot.
The Yorkshire giants has managed to sign Grot for an initial £750,000 fee from Dutch club NEC Nijmegen, which could rise to £1.5million with add-ons, but still wants more reinforcements in attack.
Good move for Leeds?
The Championship giants do still need some extra firepower if they are to gain promotion as Chris Wood will leave a huge whole gap in their side, despite the likes of Kemar Roofe, Samu Saiz and Pablo Hernandez capable of scoring goals.
Gestede is proven at Championship level and is someone that is built in the same mould of Wood.
The Boro ace is the perfect target forward that could lead the line well at Elland Road, but have struggled in recent seasons to return a good amount of goals.
However, in 2014/15 season he did score 22 goals in 44 appearances for Blackburn and he would have to rediscover that kind of form to warrant a £10million price tag.
Likely to happen?
Garry Monk doesn’t seem resigned to losing anymore of his players and wants to keep Gestede in his side.
The striker has already been a central figure to the team at the beginning of the Championship season and has chipped in with one goal and two assists.
Leeds will most likely have to match the £10million valuation to even tempt Boro into a deal and that seems a lot for a player that has dipped in form during recent years.
The Whites do have the spending power following Wood’s £15million sale, but this deal doesn’t seem a likely one.