​Leeds United's managing director Angus Kinnear has confirmed that the clubs looked at as many as four Premier League strikers during the January transfer window, before arrivng at a deal for Jean-Kévin Augustin.

Marcelo Bielsa's side sit second in the Championship having lost three of their last four games - but looked to the top flight in an effort to strengthen their attacking options last month after both Eddie Nketiah and Jack Clarke were recalled from their loan spells.

However, in the end they brought in RB Leipzig's Augustin on loan after exploring options for Southampton's Che Adams, Watford's Andre Gray, Newcastle's Dwight Gayle and West Ham's new signing Jarrod Bowen.

Speaking to ​BBC Radio Leeds, Kinnear said: "So I know the window was dominated with headlines around Che Adams, Dwight Gayle, Andre Gray and Jarrod Bowen and actually those are all avenues we explored.

"But you find out quite quickly whether they’re available or not available. Although the media speculation ran and ran, actually all those clubs said those players weren’t available pretty early on and I think the only one that left was Jarrod.

"He was always going to go to a Premier League club because he wanted to play Premier League and actually based on what Hull received for him, he was only going to be afforded by a Premier League team."


With deals for the ​Premier League strikers off the table, the Elland Road club eventually turned to a temporary loan deal for Augustin and a free transfer by signing former Manchester City youngster Ian Poveda.

Reportedly, there is a clause in the Augustin loan deal that Leeds have the option to buy the Frenchman at the end of the season if the loan spell goes well. The PSG academy graduate has struggled in front of goal recently bagging only one goal in all competitions during an unsuccessful loan spell in Ligue 1 with Monaco.