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Leeds United target Jerry Mbakogu seems like a player Massimo Cellino would have signed

The Carpi striker has long been rumoured to be on Leeds United’s wishlist.

Mathew Coull



Reports this week in Italy have suggested that Leeds United are moving closer and closer to securing a permanent transfer of Jerry Mbakogu from Italian side Carpi. Gazzetta Dello Sport report that Leeds struck a €3.5million (£3 million) deal with Carpi for the Nigerian striker. He is set to sign a four-year deal with the club until 2022.

Whilst Leeds Live has since suggested a done deal is not yet a reality, it certainly seems as though the West Yorkshire side are in the hunt for the attacker.

They were heavily linked with his signature in January and the latest reports suggest such interest remains.

On the one hand, it looks a decent signing. Mbakogu is a pacey forward who can score goals. However, in reality, Leeds fans are rightly unimpressed with the move.

Mbakogu, who received his Italian passport recently allowing a move to happen with ease, is not the goal threat Leeds are after. He had a great 2014-15 campaign, scoring  15 goals in 30 games for Carpi as they won Serie A promotion.

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But since then, he has been fairly mediocre. This campaign he has just six league goals in 25 outings, in a season disrupted by niggling injuries. He has been largely outperformed by former Leeds striker Mirco Antenucci at rivals SPAL for the past two campaigns.

Leeds need strikers with a proven pedigree in the Championship. The top-scorer charts in the Championship this campaign contain names such as Lewis Grabban, Matej Vydra and Leon Clarke – experienced lower league competitors. It is players of that ilk that Leeds want to see come through the door, not struggling for goals Italian-based strikers.

The signing of Mbakogu would certainly seem like a backward step for Leeds. It is the sort of signing that was prevalent in the Massimo Cellino-era. An Italian-based player of fairly ordinary background and talent.

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The Andrea Radrizzani and Victor Orta era was supposed to spawn something different, this signing would suggest otherwise.

This Cellino-like signing should be left alone by Leeds, who could use their £3 million toward the signing of experienced Championship operators needed across the park.

Of course, Mbakogu could prove the doubters wrong if he heads to Leeds. But history suggests this type of signing does not work out well at Elland Road.

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Leeds United should bring in free agent Nick Townsend

The former Barnsley goalkeeper has worked under Leeds United boss Paul Heckingbottom previously.

Mathew Coull



Leeds United are said to be in the hunt for a new goalkeeper this summer. Last summer’s recruits Felix Wiedwald and Andy Lonergan both proved unsuccessful and could find themselves leaving this summer. The former is expected to return to Germany whilst the latter was offered to Sunderland in the winter but pulled the plug on the deal.

At the moment, youngster Bailey Peacock-Farrell is the number one stopper at Leeds and he has performed valiantly since being given the role.

But new recruits are expected this summer, with the likes of Angus Gunn and David Stockdale already being mentioned.

Leeds should, however, look closer to home and bring in Nick Townsend this summer.

Many Leeds fans will now be shouting who? The 23-year-old stopper is currently a free agent, with his contract at Barnsley being terminated this summer.

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He joined Barnsley from Birmingham City in 2015 and went on to play 18 games for the club in three seasons, including some under the guidance of current Leeds boss Paul Heckingbottom.

Heckingbottom was a big fan of Townsend’s, who he trusted as his main back-up stopper during his time at Oakwell. Townsend, who made the news after injuring his finger in a training ground bust-up with a team-mate earlier this year, is now on the hunt for a new challenge.

Leeds could be the perfect location. Of course, Townsend should not be considered a number one goalie. But if Leeds are to lose both Wiedwald and Lonergan this summer then they may need two new keepers in the door.

Townsend is a reliable option when called upon and one who Heckingbottom knows well and can trust.

Bringing him into the Leeds squad would be a fine piece of business as it would certainly strengthen what is a weak area of the Leeds United first-team.

It is not a deal that will blow you away, but bringing in Townsend would be a smart piece of business for Leeds United.

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Leeds United news round-up: NFL link, Marriott to cost £6.5m and Klich returns

A round-up of the biggest news from Leeds United today.

Mathew Coull



Touchdown for Radrizzani

The big news at Leeds United today is the partnership with San Francisco 49ers. As reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post, Leeds chairman Andrea Radrizzani has sold a 10 percent share in the club to 49ers Enterprises, the investment group who own the NFL franchise the San Francisco 49ers.

The link-up will hopefully see the club receive a boost in funding, whilst they could also play games at the Levi’s Stadium in San Francisco, which holds a max capacity of 68,500.

Leeds United fans should rightly get excited about the investment. Hopefully, it will see the club receive a boost in transfer funds in order to improve the squad ahead of next season.

It is also another sign that, behind the scenes, Radrizzani does appear to know what he is doing – even if results on the pitch are still not quite meeting the same standard.

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Marriot price-tag

Apparent Leeds United target Jack Marriott’s transfer fee has been released. The Sun are reporting that Leeds will have to pay a fee in the region of £6.5 million to sign the player this summer.

The Peterborough United striker scored 33 goals last season and is a target for a number of clubs this summer. Crystal Palace, Nottingham Forest, Sheffield Wednesday and Aston Villa are also said to be tracking the player this summer.

Leeds United are in desperate need of another goalscorer. They failed to adequately replace Chris Wood last summer, after his move to Burnley and it certainly left Leeds short up top.

So splashing out on Marriott might be the best option for Leeds to find goals ahead of the 2018-19 campaign.

(<> at Rodney Parade on January 7, 2018 in Newport, Wales.

Klich returns

One man who will be playing for Leeds next season is Mateusz Klich. The Polish star arrived last summer from FC Twente but fell out of favour with Thomas Christiansen and struggled to get back into first-team contention.

He was then loaned out to FC Utrecht, where he had a good second half of last season.

Now, as reported by Interia, he has returned to Leeds where he will hope to impress this summer and push for first-team football next term.

Judging by his form in the second half of the most recent campaign, Leeds might have fared better in 2018 had they not decided to send the Polish international back to the Netherlands.

He could be like a new signing for the club this summer and will hopefully take his opportunity with both hands.

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With Blackburn not keen on permanent deal what next for Marcus Antonsson?

Leeds United loaned the Swede out to Blackburn Rovers this season.

Mathew Coull



When Leeds United signed Marcus Antonsson in the summer of 2016 there was excitement over his arrival. The Swedish striker had been scoring goals for fun back in his homeland. Upon his arrival, he was the Allsvenskan top-scorer with former club Kalmar.

Leeds were obviously hoping he could repeat such form in West Yorkshire. They paid a fee reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post to be in the region of £2 million for his services.

But he struggled at Leeds. Just one goal in 16 Championship appearances and niggling injury trouble saw him fall down the pecking order at Elland Road.

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Then, last summer, he found himself loaned out to Blackburn Rovers of League One.

It has been a season of two halves for the Swede. He enjoyed a good start to the campaign. He even found a new niche as a left-sided striker in a front three. In November he was named the League One Player of the Month and Blackburn would have been pleased with his progress.

However, he picked up a knee injury in December and then found himself under pressure from Newcastle United loanee Adam Armstrong. In the end, he finished the season with eight goals from 34 appearances, with his last strike coming in a 4-2 win against Blackpool back in November.

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According to the Lancashire Telegraph, the Swede’s loan deal at Ewood Park contained a seven-figure buy-out should the club decide they want him permanently. But the report seems to suggest Blackburn will be moving on to different targets.

So what next for the Leeds striker?

It appears a permanent switch to Blackburn is not on the cards. Does he have a long-term future at Leeds? It does not appear so, but perhaps Paul Heckingbottom will see things differently.

The new boss has yet to work with the Swedish striker and it could be he likes what he sees from the 27-year-old in the summer.

If not, then Leeds will struggle to find a permanent buyer for his services, given his minimal impact in the English game.

For Antonsson it appears he must either impress Heckingbottom or find himself a new loan destination for next season.

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