There are so many twists and turns to this January transfer window that the whole thing may as well be taking place on Lombard Street.
In Leeds United’s seemingly never-ending search for a forward to compete with Patrick Bamford up top, it seemed as if they were onto something when it was revealed Che Adams was in favour of a move to Elland Road. However a recent report from The Daily Mail suggested that Adams is in fact ready and willing to fight for his place, so that might come to a dead end after all.
If that is indeed the case, then Leeds United have got a backup in place, at least according to noted journalist Phil Hay. Speaking during a recent Q&A on The Athletic, Hay hinted at yet another former prolific Championship forward could be one to keep an eye on:
“They obviously like Adams and they made an enquiry to Watford about Andre Gray (but were initially told know) [sic]. Gray might be one to watch because I could see that situation changing. He’s on a very hefty wage though.”
When you take a look at his record in this division, it’s clear to see that he can bring something to the table, with a record of just shy of one every two games, whether he becomes the main forward or is a backup option for Bamford, he will offer the team something.
However what Hay mentions there with the hefty wage, I feel that this is just a continuation of what I said the other day in regards to Adams, that given the money that is available in the Premier League, that it’s a risk the club simply cannot afford to take. Even if we have to go through a world of ‘get promoted and pay the fine later’ as QPR did a few years ago, to be back in the top flight, where we’ll be able to get the eventual fine money back and then some, wouldn’t it be worth it?
Will Leeds get the target they want, or will they be forced to settle?
I think it would, because it will essentially be mission accomplished in regards to promotion, and in the end, that’s what this is all about.