By David Woods

13th Mar, 2020 | 11:21am

'Contract isn't done and dusted' - Phil Hay makes big claim about Jean-Kevin Augustin

Athletic journalist Phil Hay has said that despite Leeds United having an obligation to buy striker Jean-Kevin Augustin if they get promoted, the contract “isn’t done and dusted”.

He also said that he doesn’t know what would happen if Augustin decides he doesn’t want to join the club.

The striker is currently on loan until the end of the season but hasn’t started for Leeds yet and is currently injured.

Talking on the latest episode of the Phil Hay Show the Athletic journalist said, “It’s an obligation if they go up, an option if they don’t. As it’s £18m or £19m you can forget the deal if they don’t go up.

“If they go up they’re obligated. What I’m not sure about is where the player comes in. When he came he knew the obligation was there but if he’s hardly played at the end of the season, if he was to feel he hasn’t settled or wasn’t really sure about English football… I don’t know how an obligation is affected by a player essentially saying, ‘I know this is supposed to happen but I really don’t want to go’.

“As far as I’m aware his contract isn’t done and dusted and certainly not signed off by the EFL in the way that Costa’s has been. That is completely finalised and will go ahead no matter what.”

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Things haven’t gone exactly to plan for Augustin at Leeds but there’s been no suggestion of a fall-out or any hint that the deal isn’t still set to go ahead as planned.

Talk has been that Augustin is a fan of Marcelo Bielsa and vice-versa and we’re sure that the 22-year-old striker has got one eye on the Premier League with Leeds.

First things first, though. With the Championship currently suspended until the first week in April at a minimum, there is now genuine concern that Leeds’ promotion hopes will be thwarted by the Coronavirus.

Hopefully, the rest of the fixtures this season will be completed but that will have knock-on effects on the Euro 2020 finals as well as potentially Augustin’s deal.

He’s on loan until the end of the season but we have no idea what would happen if the season goes beyond the end date of his deal.

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