With Leeds United striker Mirco Antenucci attracting interest in his native Italy, the Whites could well be looking at a shortage of front players should the Italian be bought in this transfer window.

Should this be playing on the minds of the Whites’ management, it might account for them being the latest club interested in Exeter’s hotshot striker Tom Nichols, according to The Herald.

Nichols was Exeter’s top-scorer last term, notching 15 goals in League Two and he already has 10 for this season – eight in the league and two in the FA Cup. In 107 appearances for Exeter, Nichols has 34 goals and 11 assists.

The 5ft 10in foward is seen as a gifted finisher and could very well be the foil that Leeds United could do with to pair with the more physical, blunderbuss approach of Chris Wood. Should Leeds be looking in Nichols’ direction, the 22-year-old could very well suit the bill and might come cheaper than expected as his contract runs out this summer.

It is not only Leeds who are reputed to be interested in Nichols, a player who has already been lunked with teams such as Wigan, Sheffield United and Coventry City with League 1 Barnsley having shown an interest in previous transfer windows.

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