The Yorkshire Evening Post have claimed that Leeds United outcasts Vurnon Anita and Ouasim Bouy are set to remain at Elland Road beyond the September 2 deadline – with neither player generating any interest.
Leeds are looking to abide by Financial Fairplay rules and offloading a number of their well-paid outcasts will certainly help them fall on the right side of the limitations. Buoy and Anita are certainly outcasts.
The dup both went out on loan to The Netherlands last season. Holland international Anita clocked up 33 appearances in all competitions for Willem II, while Bouy returned to PEC Zwolle to play 23 times.
The likes of Yosuke Ideguchi, Caleb Ekuban and Hadi Sacko have all left the club this summer, while Leeds brought in considerable money for Jack Clarke, Pontus Jansson and Bailey Peacock-Farrell.
But the likes of Anita, 30, and Bouy, 26, remain, as do Eunan O’Kane, Laurens De Bock and Conor Shuaghnessy, who are all without a squad number. Anita and Bouy are allowed to leave, but because no clubs are showing interest, they are expected to remain.
TBR’s view – A blow for Leeds, who will have to keep paying their wages
Anita is likely to be on a decent salary given he has international caps and joined on a Bosman from Newcastle, while Bouy is also likely to be earning plenty of money given he has played for Juventus, Palermo and Hamburger SV.
Both need to leave as soon as possible but the Whites may be forced to keep the players. The possibility of a mutual termination of their contracts and a compensation pacakage could be arranged, with Anita in the final 12 months of his deal.
Buoy, though, has two years left at Leeds.