According to Italian daily Il Resto del Carlino (via Inside Football), Leeds United scouted Carpi striker Jerry Mbakogu during his side’s Serie B clash against Spezia on Saturday afternoon.
Manager Thomas Christiansen is yet to add a striker to the senior squad this window, and a deal for one could still be completed before Wednesday’s deadline.
The Nigerian-born 25-year-old opened the scoring during the 2-1 victory, and could represent an affordable and quality option for the Peacocks after their failure in the pursuits of Preston North End’s Jordan Hugill and Peterborough United’s Jack Marriott.
Mbakogu has scored 8 goals in 20 appearances this term, taking his league tally to 48 over the course of the last 8 seasons.
The strong striker can help boost Leeds’ promotion chances by helping to add quality depth and competition to their underperforming frontline.
Getting a quality striker before Thursday morning could be the difference between playing in the playoffs and finishing outside of the zone this term, and that must be topmost priority in the few days left to do business in the market.