Leeds are now interested in signing West Ham target Giovanni Simeone according to Italian media outlet L’Arena.
Marcelo Bielsa allegedly wants to bring the 26-year-old striker to Leeds in either January or the summer.
Both West Ham and Leeds are in desperate need of a new striker.
Michail Antonio is the only recognised senior centre-forward at the London Stadium whilst over at Elland Road, Whites striker Patrick Bamford continues to struggle with injuries.
And it seems as though both the Hammers and Leeds could be battling it out for the same striker…
Leeds to challenge West Ham for Giovanni Simeone?
L’Arena claims that the west Yorkshire outfit have entered the race to sign the South American hitman.
The 26-year-old is currently on loan with Hellas Verona from Cagliari and he has been absolutely on fire this season.
Simeone has bagged 12 goals and three assists in just 19 Serie A games so far this term (Transfermarkt).
He is a very hard working forward and his playing style is quintessentially South American what with his work-rate, desire and tenacity.
Hellas Verona have an option to buy him for £10.2 million (The Express). They could, of course, exercise that option and then sell him onto West Ham for a profit.
The Hammers face a big problem in the form of Leeds though. Despite the fact that we are the far better team, Marcelo Bielsa is a huge pull and the fact that Argentinian Simeone shares the same nationality as the Leeds boss may well work in their favour.
The 26-year-old striker is perfectly suited to West Ham and the way in which David Moyes likes his team to play.
He is in the best condition he has ever been in according to Tutto Mercato Web.
Leeds chasing Simeone’s signature obviously represents a problem for the Hammers though.
Let’s just hope that we manage to fight off the competition from the Whites.