Leeds United will not be signing any free agent strikers to cover for the injured Patrick Bamford, according to the reliable Yorkshire Evening Post journalist, Phil Hay.

The Whites’ £7 million summer signing from Middlesbrough picked up a knee injury whilst turning out for the under-23 side last Friday and is expected to be out of action for the next four months.

Despite being without the 25-year-old until the turn of the year, Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa will turn down the chance to replace his marquee signing with a free agent and will instead place his faith in the in-form Kemar Roofe and youngsters Jack Clarke and Ryan Edmondson.

In some circles, the likes of Robbie Keane – a former Whites star – Giuseppe Rossi and Lacina Traore  – all without a club – have all been linked with a potential move to Elland Road.

However, it seems as though Bielsa is content with not adding another forward to a side that currently sits at the top of the Championship table, having made an impressive start to life under the eccentric Argentine.

Since completing his £7 million move to Elland Road, Bamford has struggled to establish himself in Leeds’ first XI and is yet to start a single Championship match for his new club.

His seven appearances for the Whites have yielded a single goal – the opener in his side’s 2-1 home victory over Bolton Wanderers in the Carabao Cup.

Leeds return to action this Saturday when they take on Millwall in what is one of England’s most fierce rivalries, before welcoming Preston North End to Yorkshire for a Tuesday night Championship clash.

They will then play their third match in the space of a week on Saturday, as they take on Birmingham, by which point the Whites would be hoping to have consolidated their poistion at the league’s summit.


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