Phil Hay of the Yorkshire Evening Post has revealed that Leeds United are interested in signing Peterborough United's Nicky Ajose.
Reports this morning that Leeds are signing Nicky Ajose from Peterborough. Also been looking at Guincamp's Mustapha Yatabare. #lufc— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) August 5, 2014
Ajose was not part of Posh’s official team-photo yesterday, sparking rumours that he could be set to depart London Road in the near future, and it seems the club close to completing a deal are Leeds.
The Whites are on the hunt for a striker after the loss of the Ross McCormack this summer and they appear to have lined up Ajose as a potential signing.
The former Manchester United youngster has had a turbulent three years at Posh, since signing when he was meant to be their main man in the Championship.
After spending pre-season spearheading Darren Ferguson’s side attack ahead of the 2011/12 season, Ajose picked up an injury early on in his debut and never recovered – failing to force his way back into starting contention for the rest of his time at Peterborough.
A series of loan moves ensued to clubs around the Football League, although towards the back-end of last campaign he did managed to have one last chance to salvage his Posh career.
He didn’t do enough, though, and the emergence of Britt Assombalonga and Conor Washington as a duo up-front for the League One side has meant that his future has been limited.
It is because of this that Leeds’ interest comes as a surprise. Ajose has done very little to suggest he is a Championship player at London Road and he often looked short of the quality needed to represent Posh.
His scoring record looks isn’t particularly remarkable and neither is his general play.
Ajose’s strength lies in his finishing prowess, but his link-up play is poor and there are times where he appears particularly light-weight.
When starting he is often on the periphery of a match, failing to make an impact, and there is definitely a feeling at Posh that is best for both parties if he is to move on this summer.
It would be quite incredible if he was chosen as the man to Leeds United line this season and, although he may thrive off his new surroundings, with more expectations, it doesn’t look a transfer to fill Whites fans with confidence at the moment.
Can Ajose be a hit at Leeds?