Hearts and Vitesse Arnhem target loan deal for Leeds United's Jay-Roy Grot

Vitesse Arnhem and Hearts are bidding to sign Leeds United striker Jay-Roy Grot on loan.

Monday, 17th June 2019, 8:28 pm
Jay-Roy Grot converts his only Leeds United goal to date in a 2-1 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday.

The Dutchman is the subject of firm interest from Holland and Scotland with Leeds expected to send him out on a temporary deal for a second time.

Grot recently finished a season-long deal with Dutch club VVV-Venlo but will be released again unless Marcelo Bielsa sees a place for him in his immediate plans.

Leeds have not yet deemed Grot surplus to requirements entirely despite a difficult first year with the club and his absence from Elland Road this term.

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Vitesse are leading the race to secure him but Scottish Premiership side Hearts are also keen and in the market for a new forward.

The Edinburgh club parted company with Czech striker David Vanececk yesterday and are yet to strike a deal to keep former Everton and Norwich City player Steven Naismith.

Grot, who Leeds signed for an initial fee of £750,000 from NEC Nijmegen in 2017, scored six goals in 33 appearances for VVV-Venlo and steadied himself there after failing to settle quickly in Leeds.

The 21-year-old made a single league start for United and a raft of substitute appearances in the 2017-18 term but scored only once and was jeered by the Elland Road crowd during a 1-0 win over Norwich City.