By Ian Hunt
A Grimsby director has claimed that Leeds rejected the opportunity to win the race to sign Omar Bogle on deadline day.
John Fenty revealed that the Championship big hitters were given the chance in the final minutes of the January window to trump the offer on the table for the striker from Wigan.
But Leeds snubbed the chance to hijack Bogle’s transfer to the DW Stadium despite pursuing him throughout the month and he subsequently put pen to paper on a last-gasp switch to the second-tier strugglers.
Grimsby have not divulged the fee they will receive for the prolific striker from Wigan, so it is not known what Leeds would have had to pay for a man operating in non-league football only 18 months ago.
Yet the League Two club have provided some insight which will antagonise Leeds fans, who had hoped Bogle would solve their striker problem.
“There was another club, which I now don’t mind revealing as Leeds United, who were tracking the interest in Omar and they had an opportunity, at the last minute on deadline day, to come in and pip what was being offered by Wigan,” said Fenty to the Grimsby Telegraph.
“They weren’t prepared to do that and so that gives me the feeling that the deal we settled on with Wigan was of a good – and fair – value for a player of Omar’s calibre and future potential.”
Fenty’s revelation comes after Elland Road manager Garry Monk made it clear that he wanted to sign a new striker last month.
Leeds fans will be further miffed after Bogle showed them what they were missing when he scored twice on his full debut on Tuesday night when Wigan secured a 2-2 league draw against promotion hopefuls Norwich.
Leeds did make two new signings on deadline day, but the two arrivals, Modou Barrow on loan from Swansea, and Alfonso Pedraza, on loan from Villarreal, are both orthodox wingers.