It was only mooted interest last week, but according to the Yorkshire Evening Post’s Phil Hay, Leeds United are making a concerted effort to land West Brom’s young striker Tyler Roberts.
Last week according to Warren Haughton, writing in The Sun, Leeds United had a £4million bid for West Brom striker Tyler Roberts turned down by the Baggies. Haughton also wrote that Leeds United had, by this bid, entered the race for the exciting 19-year-old Welsh striker and, in doing so, joined Scottish giants Rangers and French Ligue 1 side Marseille.
The Sun’s Haughton said that Leeds United head coach Thomas Christiansen has “earmarked the forward as a vital addition” to a Leeds side that is hoping to maintain a challenge for the top-six, yet is struggling for an up-top player capable of hitting the net with regularity. Roberts has been on loan in League One, scoring five goals and provided three assists for Wallsall.
However, much has changed at the Hawthorns, with the Baggies bringing in Daniel Sturridge on loan from Liverpool. After the rebuttal of Leeds’ £4 million offer, it seems that Sturridge’s arrival has been something of a game changer. Hay says that the Elland Road outfit “are in advanced talks” and hoping to bring the 19-year-old in on a permanent deal “ahead of tomorrow’s 11pm transfer deadline.”
Hay goes on to say in his article that the Whites are readying a transfer and are willing “to finance an initial fee of around £2.5 million.” Despite the interest from Scottish giants Rangers and several sides in France, Hay says that Leeds United “appear on course to secure his signature and are aiming to put Roberts through a medical after holding talks with West Brom today.”