Leeds United have been hit with a transfer blow after a player they were reportedly in “advanced talks” with has signed a two-year scholarship deal with Crystal Palace.
The Athletic journalist Phil Hay had said that talks between Jadan Raymond and Palace had broken down, with Leeds and Portuguese side Vitoria Guimaraes attempting to snap him up.
Excl – Leeds United pushing to sign England youth international Jadan Raymond from Crystal Palace. Talented midfielder has rejected a first pro deal at Selhurst Park:https://t.co/XYrhwXxnlz
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) June 25, 2020
The youngster is highly-rated and plays as a box-to-box midfielder.
As part of the Leed talks it was said the player – who reportedly could have fetched as much as £1m in compensation if he’d joined the Whites – would have a route into the senior squad within 18 months.
Part of the issue at Palace was that they were trying to tie him down to a three-year deal and he preferred a two-year contract.
Palace have now confirmed that Raymond has now signed a two-year scholarship with the club.
✍️ Fifteen young players have signed two-year scholarships to continue their development at our Academy.
Each player was a key member of the side that won the national Super Floodlit Cup as U15s in 2019.
👏 Congratulations, lads!#CPFC
— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) July 7, 2020
A blow but Leeds have bigger fish to fry
Raymond wouldn’t have been a player for the first-team next season but he’s obviously someone who has a big road map ahead of him, and this will be seen as a blow for Leeds.
Leeds had said the 16-year-old could be in the first-team squad by the time he’s 18 and he’s already rated at £1m.
That’s the fee an English club would likely have had to pay for him by way of compensation if he’d moved this summer.
Leeds have more pressing issues, though. A strike partner for Patrick Bamford is still the standout issue going into the summer with Jean-Kevin Augustin heading back to RB Leipzig.
Leeds don’t seem to want to make his deal permanent and that means the club still just has one recognised senior number nine at the club.
Another two are needed, and one who can lead the line and score 15 goals in the Premier League.
The Raymond news is disappointing but Leeds have bigger fish to fry.
In other Leeds United news, Bielsa to make key change in huge call, hero drops out – Predicted Leeds XI v Stoke