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‘They’re open to loan offers’ – Leeds given boost in striker search

Leeds United have been handed a boost in their reported pursuit of Watford striker Andre Gray, with respected journalist David Ornstein stating a loan deal is possible before the end of the month.

The Whites are pushing forward in this efforts to be promoted from the Championship to the Premier League this season, with the Elland Road faithful keen to see new faces arrive before the close of the January transfer window.

Leeds have lost Eddie Nketiah this month, with the England under-21 striker returning to parent club Arsenal after a frustrating loan stint on Yorkshire.

This has left Whites boss Marcelo Bielsa short of options in attack, with Patrick Bamford the only recognised number nine of any stature at the club.

With the former Middlesbrough man having a fruitless time in front of goal in the 1-0 defeat to QPR at the weekend, many Leeds fans are desperate to see a new frontman arrive at Elland Road.

Gray has no shortage of pedigree but has found first-team opportunities limited since Nigel Pearson took control at Watford.

With talk that Leeds are interested in the hitman, Ornstein has stated a deal could yet happen.

“They’ve enquired about Andre Gray down at Watford, they were initially told no about him, but Watford have now softened their stance and I think they’re now open to loan offers for him,” he told The Athletic, in the Ornstein and Champion Podcast, 20/01/20, 19.30)

Leeds are currently second in the Championship standings and have a three-point advantage and a game in hand over third-placed Fulham.

However, with the Whites not winning in their last three games, the fans are keen to see reinforcements arrive to help in the promotion push.

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