Leeds United are behind in the race for promotion to the Premier League. The Whites lost their last league game, which was against Ipswich Town on Saturday and as a result, they are now 7th in the Championship table with 43 points after 27 games.
Things are still not bleak, but their form is worrying. Leeds have collected merely 1 point from their last 3 league outings and with the other sides showing tremendous intent, the pressure is certainly on Thomas Christiansen. Besides, they were knocked out of the FA Cup after their defeat at the hands of Newport County in the third round and thus, it goes without saying that anything other than a top 6 finish would be deemed a failure.
Christiansen must strengthen the quality of their squad in the ongoing January transfer window and one of the areas that need to be addressed is their attacking arsenal. Summer signings, Jay-Roy Grot and Pierre-Michel Lasogga have failed to convince consistently and Caleb Ekuban is currently nursing a foot injury, which has left Christiansen in a pretty awkward position.
As per one of the latest reports by the Yorkshire Evening Post, the Whites club are keen on signing Preston North End striker, Jordan Hugill. Hugill has been quite decent in the Championship for the Lilywhites, having scored 12 goals last season and so far this season, he has found the back of the net 8 times in 26 appearances and also has an assist to his name.
The 25-year-old was keen to leave Deepdale in the summer as the likes of Wolverhampton Wanderers, Birmingham City were interested, and as per one of the reports by Sky Sports, he also handed a transfer request to force an exit. However, Preston managed to keep him in their ranks but might be forced to sell him this month else risk losing him for free come summer as his current deal expires at the end of the season.
Although he might not be very mobile, his sharpness inside the box and presence of mind in the final third are his strongest suits. He has been quite consistent and the club have slapped a price tag of £8million, which might be a stumbling block for the Peacocks. However, considering his age and ability, he might be a long-term signing, so perhaps the club should back the manager and sign him up.
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