LEEDS UNITED are close to signing Middlesbrough striker Patrick Bamford according to sources in the north east with discussions taking place over a fee of around £7m.
United have been looking for a new striker option all summer and the club's bid to land long-term target Matej Vydra from Derby County stalled when last season's Championship top scorer issued increased wage demands.
The YEP understands that the Whites then began monitoring 24-year-old Bamford and reports in the north east on Saturday morning suggested that Boro and Leeds were already close to agreeing a fee for somewhere in the region of £7m.
Leeds are keeping their transfer activity close to their chest and have made no comment on the latest Bamford reports but the YEP understands that United's interest in the striker is genuine.
But reports in Derbyshire also suggest that 'talks are ongoing between Derby and Leeds over the striker's potential transfer' to Elland Road.
Derbyshire Live add that reports of a complication with Vydra's medical have been wide of the mark with the two clubs yet to come to an agreement over £11m-rated Vydra's fee meaning there has been no medical.
Wage demands have been the sticking point.
United are also thought to be close to sealing a deal to recruit Wolves left back Barry Douglas.