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Leeds United ends pursuit of one striker, but don’t bet on Liverpool’s Danny Ings to be the next

Rudy Gestede no longer an option, Jordan Hugill was never an option, but will Ings be the answer?

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Well, we now know at least one striker who likely won’t be playing for Leeds United in the near future, while a number of other rumors continue.

Sky Sports is reporting that Leeds United have pulled out of their pursuit for Rudy Gestede from Middlesbrough. It was rumored that the Teesside club wanted as much as £10 million for the striker, which seems like a crazy amount for the Benin international, as his record at Boro is less than spectacular.

Gestede was brought in to Boro by current Leeds United Director of Football Victor Orta, and so it’s no surprise that the club was interested in him, especially because Boro had already spent a lot of money on Britt Assombalonga and Ashley Fletcher, both of which play striker, the same position as Gestede.

Other rumors have former Burnley forward, and current Liverpool player, Danny Ings linked with a loan move to Leeds, but those seem to be mainly based on the movement of oddsmakers and less to do with actual clubs sources. It would be somewhat poetic, to get a former Burnley striker after selling Chris Wood to Burnley, but until a better source comes out with the rumor, don’t believe it for a second. After all, we all know how well the bookies did in regards to the appointment of the new manager at Leeds this past summer, right?

Another striker that was rumored to be on the radar of Leeds United was Preston North End’s Jordan Hugill. He was one of the names that a number of fans, including us at TIAT, thought would be a good replacement for Wood. Of course, some links started to appear that he was, in fact, a candidate to come over to Yorkshire, but it appears those were just reckless speculation. He might have done the job for Leeds, but given the state of the current English transfer market, it’s not really a surprise that he’s not in the mix to replace Wood.