Phil Hay: Leeds United deny any wrongdoing as Sonny Perkins transfer could head to court
Leeds United are understood to reject any wrongdoing as they close in on the signing of Sonny Perkins, according to Phil Hay on Monday.
The Whites are closing in on the young striker after he left West Ham at the start of July, with a fee now being negotiated between the two clubs, with compensation entitled.
If compensation cannot be agreed upon, Leeds and West Ham will go to the FA Chambers for a tribunal case where a fee will be decided – which is usually more than compensation.
Writing in his latest piece for The Athletic, Hay shared what is coming out of the club as this one nears completion in the coming days.
“Leeds have not made any comment on their interest in Perkins but they are understood to reject any suggestion of wrongdoing,” he wrote.
“West Ham are entitled to compensation for Perkins and a fee will be set by tribunal if they and West Ham cannot reach a deal.”
Leeds and Victor Orta have done nothing wrong here and only moved quickly to beat a number of clubs to Perkins, with Spurs and Aston Villa in the race.
The young striker refused to sign a new contract at West Ham, so the Whites swooped in and made sure that they paid those demands and brought him to Elland Road.
Of course, they will know that compensation is due, and if the London club don’t go too far with their demands, it should be decided outside of the FA.
The last thing both clubs will want is a legal dispute, so the sooner this can be sorted the better.
Leeds have had enough of transfer sagas recently, with the Jean-Kevin Augustin saga still not over with RB Leipzig, although that would be a much bigger payout.
Only time will tell what will happen, but we hope this can be resolved sooner rather than later.
In other Leeds United news, the Whites now want to sign this striker with a rival set to kickstart a major £30million+ transfer battle