Leeds United-linked Coventry City striker Viktor Gyokeres has admitted he wants to play top-flight football next season.
The Athletic outlined Leeds’ interest in the 24-year-old during the January transfer window, as an alternative to Georginio Rutter, whom the club signed from Hoffenheim for a club record fee.
Coventry’s valuation is believed to be around £18million (TEAMtalk), with the striker’s contract with the club set to expire in 2024.
Leeds All Over sources confirmed to us that a bid was placed for the Swede in January, but it fell short of Coventry’s asking price.
Gyokeres has scored 19 and assisted a further eight goals from 39 games so far this term, placing him second in the Championship top scorer rankings as well.
What’s the latest with a potential transfer for Gyokeres?
Speaking in Swedish outlet Aftonbladet Gyokeres explained how happy he is with the situation between him and Coventry currently, he said: “It has gone well and felt good for myself. I have scored some goals and assists and we have won most of the games.”
Leeds should not give up on hope of signing the 24-year-old, who wants to play at the highest level one day, he added: “It is clear that you want to play in the best leagues. But you have to take that after the season. Now I just try to focus on Coventry and try to go up with them.”
Gyokeres did not rule out a move to the Premier League one day, or a move to another top-flight team, either, he explained: “But it is clear that you are aiming higher. It is clear that it would have been fun to play there [in the Premier League], but I don’t think about it too much. I can play in some other leagues too.”
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Should there be movement at Leeds this summer in the striking department, a move for Gyokeres would not come as a shock.
He would be a good alternative to Patrick Bamford. Stylistically, Gyokeres makes sense if you want a centre-forward who can offer real presence up top.
He has the ability to hold the ball and act as a focal point, bring others into play, stretch play in behind, and is a strong ball carrier as well.
He will be playing top-flight football next season, for sure, be that with Leeds or someone else.