This time in the football season is when rumours start to get flipped around linking Player X with Club Y or vice versa. It is the nature of the football beast.
So it usually comes as no surprise to any fan of any side to see their team linked with many a player in identified positions of weakness.
Leeds United are one of those sides who, due to their failure in the Championship play-off race, are seen to be in need of a few fresh faces to provide that added impetus to push beyond the seventh place finish they achieved last season, dropping out of the top six places with just three games of the 2016/17 campaign left.
The Whites were largely there on the back of Chris Wood’s 27 league goals, no other Leeds player getting close to reaching double figures. There were a cluster of United players on six goals but that is as good as it got for those chasing in Chris Wood’s shadow.
With Kemar Roofe failing to hit his goal scoring stride, and with Swede Marcus Antonsson not really getting a chance to impress, many Leeds United fans and general observers see that the Whites need a secondary goal outlet.
With this in mind, Leeds have been installed by Bet Victor as joint 6/1 favourites with Wolves to land the signature of Celtic’s 11-goal, 10-assist striker Leigh Griffiths. Leeds and Wolves, who sold Griffiths to the Bhoys at the end of January 2014, are placed ahead of Scottish side Hibernian (12/1), who are second favourites for Griffiths’ signature.
New Premier League duo Brighton and Newcastle and a host of other sides are seen as 14/1 shots to land him with recently relegated Hull City rated as 16/1 outsiders to bring him to the Sky Bet Championship.
Across the whole of this season and all competitions, Griffiths featured 36 times for Celtic and scored 17 goals, with six appearances and five goals coming in Champions League Qualification.
26-year-old Edinburgh-born Griffiths has 84 goals and 34 assists across 142 appearances in his time at Celtic Park, the sort of strike rate that would benefit a side like Leeds United.