Leeds United have confirmed the signing of RedBull Leipzig striker Jean-Kevin Augustin on loan until the end of the season with a view to making the deal permanent if they gain promotion to the Premier League – and Aston Villa fans have reacted.
Leeds have moved swiftly to boost their promotion campaign by landing France Under-21 striker Augustin, who was on loan at Monaco during the first half of the season. That loan has been cancelled in order for Augustin to move to Elland Road.
German newspaper Bild claim Leeds have paid £1.7million to sign Augustin on loan, half of the £3.4million fee Monaco were told to pay at the start of the season to have Augustin for the entire campaign. Leeds can also sign him permanently.
It is believed, as per Bild, that Leeds have the option to sign Augustin for £17.7million – but only if they gain promotion. It finally sees Leeds replace Eddie Nketiah, who saw his loan at Elland Road cancelled at the start of the month.
Augustin has been widely linked with moves to England in the past. Everton, Tottenham and Aston Villa have all been linked in the past and the latter are certainly supposed to be looking for another striker this month – despite signing Ally Samatta.
Birmingham Live claimed towards the end of the summer window that Villa had held talks over a move to sign Augustin, but a move failed to get across the line. Leeds have taken advantage, and Villa supporters have reacted on Twitter.
Many have applauded Leeds for the signing, while others are jealous given Villa’s need for a striker.
— Phil Roberts (@iamVilla) January 27, 2020
— Jack (@JackWillis54) January 26, 2020
For Leeds this is a first class signing. Give him time to find his confidence again in a lesser league. The guy is talented. For Villa i hope we aim for someone more proven.
— Roy ? (@royken86) January 27, 2020
Augustin – Leeds
Sturridge – Villa?
What is Suso doing?
— Jack Milward (@JackMilward10) January 27, 2020
Augustin to Leeds sounds impressive but I’m always wary of transfers like this. In a market where Prem clubs are struggling to get strikers in,it seems odd there hasn’t been any other interest.
Could be a great move or LUFC could be getting somebody no one else would touch.
— Simon (@Simon___UTV) January 27, 2020
— The Religion – AVFC ? (@AVFC_Religion) January 25, 2020