Leeds are plotting an ambitious move for Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard if they win promotion to the Premier League.
Boss Marcelo Bielsa has made a new frontman a priority this summer and Edouard, who has scored 28 goals in 45 appearances in all competitions for the Hoops, is high up on his list of targets.
Celtic do not want to lose the player as they chase ’10 in a row’.
But that won’t stop Championship leaders Leeds testing the waters to see if they can tempt the player south of the border.
The 22-year-old French youth international has scored 61 goals at just under a goal a game since arriving in Glasgow from Paris Saint-Germain in 2018.
Former Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has been linked with a move to take Edouard to Leicester but that won’t put off a bid by Leeds if Bielsa does lead them back to the top flight.
The Argentine manager is very particular about what he wants in a centre-forward.
Current Whites star Patrick Bamford has been heavily criticised this term but Bielsa has regularly backed his frontman.
The former Middlesbrough and Derby player is not as prolific as some of his counterparts, but fits well into Bielsa’s system that demands a high press and is based on possession.
Leeds added Jean-Kevin Augustin in the January transfer window as the Yorkshire club sought attacking reinforcements.
But the striker’s loan spell only saw him play a hand full of minutes and he has returned to RB Leipzig.
The German side though are adamant the deal struck between the two clubs means Leeds must purchase the striker if they are promoted.
Reports suggest that the fee for Augustin could be more than £17m.