By David Woods

23rd Sep, 2020 | 11:37am

Reliable journalist: 22y/o Leeds attacker 'desperate' to leave club before window shuts

Beren Cross has said that Leeds United striker Jay-Roy Grot (22) and midfielder Conor Shaughnessy (24) are both “desperate” to move this summer. 

Both players are considered surplus to Marcelo Bielsa’s plans. The transfer window shuts on October 5, although domestic transfers can continue with EFL clubs until October 16.

Shaughnessy spent the second half of last season on loan at Burton where he made eight appearances for the League One side.

It’s going to be even harder for Jay-Roy Grot to land a move after he picked up an injury during his loan to Vitesse Arnhem, where he scored two goals in 22 appearances.

Talking about players exiting in a Q&A on LeedsLive on Tuesday, Cross said, “There will be dozens of offers that have gone into the club during this window, but many are rejected out of hand and go unreported because they don’t go any further.

“The main outgoing business now will be loans for the better young players who can’t get a first-team game here. There’s also those out-of-favour desperate to move out like Shaughnessy and Grot.”

Exits best for all concerned

Both players are out of contract next summer and will leave on a free if they can’t find clubs to take them this summer or in January.

Grot will go down as a transfer that Victor Orta would like to forget about. He made 21 appearances but only scored one goal and while it seemed like he’s found a home in Eredivisie, the injury seems to have put paid to that.

He looks likely to sit out the rest of his contract but at 22 he will be hoping to resurrect his career elsewhere.

Shaugnessy is another player who’s out of favour but Leeds want to have the majority of his wages covered before they agree to a loan.

That hasn’t been resolved, despite it looking like he would return to Burton and EFL clubs are struggling financially because of the Coronavirus pandemic. That doesn’t look like it’s going to ease up anytime soon.

It would seem that some compromise would be better for both clubs and for Shaughnessy himself, but time is running out for the 24-year-old.

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