Leeds United, Derby County, Nottingham Forest and Norwich City are all going head-to-head in the chase for the National League’s top scorer, Leyton Orient’s Zimbabwe international Macauley Bonne.

According to website TEAMtalk, Leyton Orient striker Macauley Bonne has been catching the eye of top clubs, and will face a battle to hold onto their star man. Championship quartet Leeds United, Derby County, Nottingham Forest and Norwich City are all believed to be interested in the striker.

A number of clubs have been scouting Bonne after his strong start to the season, and the Championship quartet are just four of many considering a move in January.

Leyton Orient currently sit at the top of the National League table, and Bonne has been inspirational in their good form. The Zimbabwean international has netted an impressive 15 times in 21 games this season, picking up four assists along the way, taking his tally for The Orient up to 38 goals in 65 games since joining from Colchester United in 2017.

The 23-year-old started his career with fellow Championship side Ipswich Town, where he was born. Bonne spent six years with the Ipswich academy, before heading to rivals Norwich for a brief spell. Bonne left Norwich after a matter of months, making the switch to fellow East Anglian side Colchester United.

The striker scored 15 times in 84 appearances for Colchester, also going on two unsuccessful loan spells away to Lincoln City and Woking, scoring a combined total of just one goal in those two spells.

However, after a difficult first few years to his career, Bonne has started to prove his quality in the National League with Orient. After an electric start to the season, it seems the Zimbabwean is ready to prove himself in the football league once again.

Leeds United are on the lookout for attacking reinforcements, with only three senior strikers on the books at Elland Road. Frank Lampard has already reaped the rewards of scouting the lower leagues in his short time at Derby County, with Jack Marriott hitting form after joining from Peterborough United.

 


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