BRENTFORD have made an enquiry about Leeds United striker Billy Paynter .

Bees boss Uwe Rosler told the Chronicle last week he is in the market for two new frontmen to complement Clayton Donaldson.

Brentford were believed to be keen to bring Paynter to Griffin Park on loan last campaign following the departure of leading scorer Gary Alexander.

However, new Leeds boss Neil Warnock put a block on the deal as he wanted to assess his squad ahead of the coming season.

The United chief has now told the 27-year-old, who has found the net just three times in the two years since his move to Elland Road, that he is not part of his plans and has placed him on the transfer list.

The Chronicle understands the former Port Vale, Hull, Southend and Swindon player is still one of Rosler’s targets as he bids to bolster his attack in time for the 2012/13 campaign.

However, League One rivals Portsmouth and Notts County have also shown an interest in Paynter, who would have to take a massive drop in wages to move to TW8.

He has endured a frustrating spell in Yorkshire following his switch from Swindon in 2010, with a combination of injuries and poor form restricting him to just 10 league starts for the Whites.

Paynter was shipped out on loan to Brighton in October, but failed to score during his three-month spell with the Seagulls.

He bagged a brace in Leeds’ 4-1 win over Peterborough in April, but his season was cut short by an Achilles problem.

The striker, who has 12 months remaining on his contract, is one of 11 senior pros who were told they had no future at Elland Road at the end of the campaign.

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