With Leeds United’s proposed move for Derby County striker Matej Vydra set to hit the rocks, Whites boss Marcelo Bielsa should turn his attention to Ipswich Town striker Martyn Waghorn.

The versatile forward is currently being watched by a host of Championship clubs after bagging 16 league goals for the Tractor Boys last season and with a year of rebuilding on the cards at Portman Road under Paul Hirst, the former England under-21 international could potentially be prised away from East Anglia this summer.

Birmingham are long-term admirers of the striker, but according to the Birmingham Mail, fellow promotion hopefuls Derby County and Middlesbrough are now in the race to sign the former Sunderland and Leicester man.

Capable of playing as a lone striker, out wide or as part of a front two, Waghorn’s pace, strength and aerial ability combined with an impressive work-rate make him a nightmare for opposition defenders to handle and would see him fit seamlessly into Bielsa’s 3-1-3-3 system, be that as a striker or out on the wing.

However, the Whites would likely have to pay big to land the forward, who joined Ipswich for a fee of £1 million after netting 27 goals in 54 appearances for Scottish giants Rangers over a two-year stay at Ibrox.

Add 11 assists into the equation last season and you can see why Waghorn is such a coveted asset at this point in time.

With Jay-Roy Grot and Pawel Cibicki both departing the club on loan and Pierre-Michel Lasogga’s exit, there is a gaping hole up top in Leeds’ side and Waghorn could be the man to fill it.

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