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Report: Multi-club battle for Leeds United man narrows down to three

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Leeds United striker Joe Gelhardt is attracting interest from a large number of Championship clubs, but the race for his signature could be narrowing down.

With Leeds now boasting a Premier League striker-force of a fit-again Patrick Bamford, Rodrigo, and new signing Georginio Rutter, it means a loan move for Joe Gelhardt is expected before the window shuts.

Where the young striker heads for remains to be seen, though, given that his talent has attracted admiration from a decent portion of the division.

Football Insider are now reporting that the three front-runners for the 20-year-old this month are all promotion-chasing, in the shape of Blackburn Rovers, Sunderland, and Middlesbrough.

The decision appears to sit with Gelhardt on where he’s going to choose to play for the remainder of the season, with former club Wigan Athletic said to be falling down the pecking order in this race.

Leeds have given Gelhardt the “green light” to leave the club this month after sealing Rutter’s arrival, and all three clubs named above are seemingly in the hunt despite having strikers to compete with the Leeds man.

Sunderland losing Ellis Simms to an Everton recall means they are pushing hard, while Middlesbrough and Blackburn are aiming to add another striker alongside starters Chuba Akpom and Sam Gallagher respectively.

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Gelhardt needs to go the team where he will play a great deal, but not to a side that won’t bring on his development.

With Sunderland interested and in need of replacing Simms, it looks like a really viable option for him to go there.

He might be tussling with Ross Stewart for a place, but the two offer something completely different and that might be why Tony Mowbray is keen.

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