Leeds’ opening bid Middlesbrough’s and Republic du Benin forward Rudy Gestede was reportedly £4million short of their valuation for the Essey-lès-Nancy, France born.[spacer height=”20px”]

The report is according to the Yorkshire Evening Post that claim that the Whites saw a £6million offer turned down for the powerhouse striker last week as they look to replace Chris Wood.[spacer height=”20px”]

Football Weeks understands that Boro value the 28-year-old at closer to £10million, meaning Leeds would need to cough out an extra £4million to meet the asking price.[spacer height=”20px”]

The report details that Leeds are still looking to sign another forward in the reminder of the transfer window, despite having already secured a deal for 19-year-old attacker Jay-Roy Grot.[spacer height=”20px”]

The Yorkshire giants has managed to sign Grot for an initial £750,000 fee from Dutch club NEC Nijmegen, which could rise to £1.5million with add-ons, but still wants more reinforcements in attack.[spacer height=”20px”]

Good move for Leeds?[spacer height=”20px”]

The Championship giants do still need some extra firepower if they are to gain promotion as Chris Wood will leave a huge whole gap in their side, despite the likes of Kemar Roofe, Samu Saiz and Pablo Hernandez capable of scoring goals.[spacer height=”20px”]

Gestede is proven at Championship level and is someone that is built in the same mould of Wood.[spacer height=”20px”]

The Boro ace is the perfect target forward that could lead the line well at Elland Road, but have struggled in recent seasons to return a good amount of goals.[spacer height=”20px”]

However, in 2014/15 season he did score 22 goals in 44 appearances for Blackburn and he would have to rediscover that kind of form to warrant a £10million price tag.[spacer height=”20px”]

Likely to happen?[spacer height=”20px”]

Garry Monk doesn’t seem resigned to losing anymore of his players and wants to keep Gestede in his side.[spacer height=”20px”]

The striker has already been a central figure to the team at the beginning of the Championship season and has chipped in with one goal and two assists.[spacer height=”20px”]

Leeds will most likely have to match the £10million valuation to even tempt Boro into a deal and that seems a lot for a player that has dipped in form during recent years.[spacer height=”20px”]

The Whites do have the spending power following Wood’s £15million sale, but this deal doesn’t seem a likely one.[spacer height=”20px”]