Jesse Marsh claims Leeds are ‘doing everything they can’ to sign a new striker before Thursday’s transfer deadline.

The eeds’ pressing need for additional firepower came into clear focus after Rodrygo withdrew from Tuesday night’s 1-1 home draw with Everton due to a dislocated shoulder.

The Spaniard was challenged by Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford in the first half before being replaced by Joe Gerhardt.


Rodrygo dislocated his shoulder against Everton (Danny Lawson/PA)

Patrick Bamford has stepped off the bench after recovering from a groin injury, but Rodrygo could miss a few weeks.

When asked if Rodrygo’s setback would affect Leeds’ ongoing investigation into the remaining 48-hour transfer window, Marsh said:

“We are active and trying to do the best we can. We will see how the situation unfolds in the next 24 hours or so.”

Leeds is associated with Wolves striker Hwang Hee-chan, who played under Marsch while in charge of both Leipzig and Salzburg.

“I know Hichan very well,” Marsh said. “I like Heechan. He knows our football. He’s on our list.”


Hwang Hee-chan is Leeds’ target (David Davies/PA)

“Everyone is doing their best and I can only thank (president) Andrea (Ladrisani), (football director) Victor (Orta), (chief executive) Angus (Kinnear) and everyone.

“We’re trying to find ways to keep improving the team, but we’re also doing a great job and we can see it’s a good team.”

After Anthony Gordon’s second goal in back-to-back games gave Everton the half-time lead, Luis Sinisterra fired a 55th-minute equalizer on his full Premier League debut.

Gordon has been the subject of intense speculation about his future after being linked with Chelsea.

But boss Frank Lampard said he expects the 21-year-old winger to remain an Everton player after the transfer window closes.

“I’m very confident. I’ve seen in the last two games why he’s our player,” Lampard said.


Anthony Gordon (left), scoring again for Everton (Danny Lawson/PA)

The former Chelsea manager says the deadline he has set for Gordon on whether to consider further progress from the Londoners has passed.

“Anthony is too important a player,” added Lampard. “I think he’s shown his worth in the last two games.

“With two days left[of the transfer market]what good is doing something with Anthony?”

Lampard has expressed frustration at not being able to bring new signing Neil Maupay into the squad.

Everton completed the deal on Friday, but Monday was a bank holiday and did not count as one of the four days required for players to qualify.

Each side’s points at Elland Road kept Leeds fifth in the table and Everton moved up from the bottom three but are still winless after five games.

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