Leeds United fans can finally forget about the apparent interest in Jerry Mbakogu as a deal for the Nigerian-Italian striker will not be happening. Yesterday it was reported by Gianluca Di Marzio that Leeds were ready to pay the reduced fee of £1.6 million to sign the player this summer.
That no longer seems the case. According to the Yorkshire Evening Post, the Carpi striker is no longer of interest to Leeds United. They claim a £3 million deal was agreed in the winter but Leeds had until June 30th to inform the Italian side they did not wish to exercise it. That deadline was met and, despite Carpi trying to sell him for cheaper, Leeds have simply moved on.
It is not a shock to hear this news. Mbakogu’s ‘imminent’ status has been reported in Italy for weeks, Over here, it has remained far less reported.
With Leeds recent pursuits for Angus Gunn, Kyle Bartley, Matej Vydra, Abel Hernandez, Lewis Baker and David Stockdale it would appear they are looking to bring in players with Championship experience.
Mbakogu always seemed like a strange transfer option. He struggled with injuries this term and his unknown Italian status had shades of the Massimo Cellino era at Elland Road.
Leeds have made the right decision moving on from the Carpi striker and can hopefully now tie up deals for more suitable recruits.