Leeds striker search continues after draw with Everton

Jesse Marsch insists Leeds are “trying their best” to sign a new striker before Thursday’s transfer deadline.

Leeds’ urgent need for extra firepower became apparent after Rodrigo was withdrawn from Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw with Everton with a dislocated shoulder.

The Spaniard was replaced by Joe Gelhardt after a tackle with Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

Rodrigo suffered a dislocated shoulder against Everton (Danny Lawson/PA)

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Patrick Bamford later came off the bench after recovering from a groin injury but Rodrigo could now be sidelined for several weeks.

Asked if Rodrigo’s setback would affect Leeds’ ongoing quest for the remaining 48 hours of the transfer window, Marsch said: “Not so much, but that’s obviously been a goal of ours since the start of the summer.

“We’ve been active and trying everything we can and we’ll see how it plays out here over the next 24 hours or so.”

Leeds have been linked with Wolves striker Hwang Hee-chan, who played under Marsch during his tenure as manager of Leipzig and Salzburg.

“I know Hee-chan very well,” Marsch said. “I like Hee-chan, he knows our football. He’s on our list, I can tell you that.

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

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“Everyone is trying their best and I can only thank (chairman) Andrea (Radrizzani), (football director) Victor (Orta) and (general manager) Angus (Kinnear) and everyone.

“We’re trying to find ways to keep improving our squad, but we’ve also done a great job and you can see we have a good side.”

Luis Sinisterra equalized in the 55th minute on his Premier League debut after Anthony Gordon’s second goal in consecutive games gave Everton a half-time lead.

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.

Lampard said: “I’m very confident. You saw the reasons for that in the last two games because he’s our player. He’s a very good player and he’s going to get even better.”

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

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The former Chelsea boss has said the deadline he had set on whether further Londoners’ advances for Gordon should be considered has passed.

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

“With two days (of the transfer window) to go, what good would it do us to do anything with Anthony?”

Lampard expressed frustration after failing to add new signing Neal Maupay to his squad.

Everton finalized the deal on Friday but as Monday was a public holiday it did not count as one of the four days required for a player to be eligible.

The point for both sides at Elland Road kept Leeds fifth in the table while Everton rose from the last three but remain winless after five games.

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