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Latest update shows Leeds United made the right call with Jerry Mbakogu

Leeds United came very close to signing Jerry Mbakogu in the summer. The Nigerian-Italian striker has long been linked with a move to Elland Road. Indeed, as reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post, Leeds had agreed a £3 million fee with his club Carpi before exercising their right of clause termination in June.

After that, he soon became a free agent. His position at Carpi had become untenable amid the transfer rumours and he terminated his contract with the club, making him a free agent.

Now it looks as though he may have found a new club. Padova Goal is reporting that the 26-year-old is back in training, with Padova considering a potential move in January.

CARPI, ITALY – OCTOBER 24: Jerry Mbakogu of FC Carpi reacts during the Serie B match between FC Carpi and US Citta di Palermo on October 24, 2017 in Carpi, Italy. (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)

The reason why he has been without a club for so long suggests Leeds were right to avoid him.

Mbakogu underwent surgery in the summer. The Padova report suggests he had a ‘knee-cleaning’ operation in the summer after his release by Carpi. It was down to a long-standing cartilage problem and Leeds must be pleased they did not bring him in.

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Mbakogu has not played a single minute of football this season and in Kemar Roofe, Patrick Bamford and Tyler Roberts, Leeds have three brilliant striking options.

Hopefully, Mbakogu can find some form and fitness with his next club. But Leeds were right to pull the plug.

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