By Mark Smith

8th Sep, 2022 | 7:10am

Leeds United paid a slightly higher fee than agreed to FC Zurich to get a deal for Wilfried Gnonto over the line on deadline day, according to Phil Hay.

The Athletic journalist shared that the Whites compensated the Swiss side as a deal for the Italian international was completed in the final few minutes of the summer window.

In the end, Leeds are said to have paid around £5million for Gnonto, who may be in the squad for the first time against Nottingham Forest on Monday (12 September).

Writing in his latest piece for The Athletic, Hay shared what Leeds had to do to get the deal over the line earlier than what was expected at both ends.

“All that was required was Zurich’s cooperation and a slightly higher fee to compensate for his sudden departure,” he wrote. “To Gnonto’s surprise, the window closed with him stepping into the Premier League.

“The final fee is understood to have been in the region of £5million.”


Of course, we all wanted a new striker who was ready to come in and become our main number nine now, and that required a more established head.

But, that doesn’t mean that Gnonto won’t be backed entirely by the Elland Road support, who are equally excited to see what this Italian international livewire can produce on the big stage.

The young attacker simply has to be involved in the squad against Nottingham Forest, and with five substitutes available, why not bring him on for his debut?

It is all about getting confidence as high as possible in these younger players, as they then thrive on the pitch when coming on with nothing to lose.

If Leeds go two goals to the good, there is little risk in bringing him off the bench for the last five minutes and slowly introducing him to the Premier League.

With a good plan in place, Andrea Radrizzani was able to cough up the funds needed for Victor Orta to bring this transfer forward, nothing is ever simple.

It’s done and now is the time for looking forward.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites have said see you again to one attacker after being left baffled by a deadline day agreement