By Jonty Banks

19th Jan, 2023 | 7:40pm

Leeds United transfer news as Max Dean exit confirmed to join MK Dons

Leeds United have brokered a “healthy” sell-on clause for Under-21 striker Max Dean after he joined MK Dons on a permanent transfer, according to Beren Cross.

Dean, 18, will join up with former Whites coach Mike Jackson at the League One outfit – as confirmed by Leeds’ official website on Thursday (19 January) – after remaining down the pecking order in Jesse Marsch’s plans this term.

The striker has been a regular for the Under-21s over the past two seasons and has been potent when called upon this campaign – netting four goals in five appearances.

Leeds Live reporter Cross took to Twitter to explain the details of the move, which included a sell-on-clause for the West Yorkshire club.

He wrote: “Mark Jackson has swooped for Max Dean. Leeds United under-21s striker heads down to Milton Keynes Dons in League One on a permanent deal.

“Healthy sell-on clause if he moves on for a fee in the future. Scored goals, but too far down the pecking order for the first team.”

Perfect sense

Given the abundance of options Marsch possesses at Elland Road, it was always going to be hard for Dean to break into the first-team ranks.

The likes of Rodrigo, Georginio Rutter, Joe Gelhardt, and even academy duo Sonny Perkins and Mateo Joseph are above him in Marsch’s plans, so a permanent move away makes sense. The 18-year-old is at the age where he needs to be playing regular football in order to develop his game, and this simply isn’t happening at the moment.

Dean will be pleased to be joining ex-Leeds coach Jackson, and this familiar face will do him a world of good in his development. The MK Dons boss will know his strengths and weaknesses and how to get the best out of the Englishman.

Due to the strong relationship forges between Jackson and Leeds, it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see further academy graduates loaned out to the Stadium MK in future windows.

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