According to TEAMtalk, Leeds United are one of a trio of Skybet Championship sides interested in 40-cap American striker Gyasi Zardes.

Zardes, who moved to current side Columbus Crew from LA Galaxy in late January 2018, scored 19 goals in 33 games last season.

This 19-goal haul, plus two assists, are part of 53 goals and 20 assists across the MLS competition for both the Crew and LA Galaxy.

Leeds United are riding the crest of the Championship wave at the moment, currently topping the table with a four point cushion to 2nd placed Sheffield United.

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Led by 14-goal leading scorer Kemar Roofe, the Whites have swept many sides before them, Derby County being the last Championship side put to the sword on Friday evening.

A 2-0 win for United was not a true measure of their dominance over an outclassed Rams side.

However, with manager Marcelo Bielsa running his brand of football on a high-octane, high-press approach, many Leeds United fans have been clamouring for the Whites to hit the January transfer market.

Currently valued at £3.15m by website Transfermarkt, the 6ft 2in, California-born Zardes is said to not only be interesting Leeds United but “also a number of clubs looking to land the international striker” say TEAMtalk.

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As mentioned above, United won’t have it all their own way as fellow Championship sides Middlesbrough and Norwich are also said interested in landing the prolific striker in the summer.

A further caveat for the Whites comes from the fact that they also face supposed interest from a trio of Premier League clubs in Crystal Palace and struggling duo Huddersfield and Fulham.

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