Leeds United will push ahead with their plan to sign a new striker next week as Billy Paynter battles to be fit for Tuesday’s meeting with Hull City.
Manager Simon Grayson turned his mind to recruiting another forward after a thigh strain suffered by Paynter compounded an injury list which already featured Luciano Becchio and Davide Somma, two of the club’s leading scorers last season.
Paynter was expected to miss today’s meeting with Middlesbrough at Elland Road and, having seen a proposed half-season loan with an unnamed player fall through on Monday, United made further moves to bring in another striker in the build-up to this afternoon’s game.
Leeds have being linked with Ipswich Town’s Tamas Priskin and they are also believed to have assessed the circumstances of Mikael Forssell, the former Birmingham City forward who is out of contract.
Grayson admitted that the repeated loss of players in the same position had altered his priorities in the transfer market, saying: “I looked at the squad after the Southampton game and thought we needed strengthening in this position and that position. Then suddenly you’re down to very few fit strikers because we’ve got three big target-men out.
“We could sign someone for a month, six months or on a permanent deal but we need a different striker on our books.”