By David Woods

30th Jul, 2020 | 1:48pm

YEP journalist details why new Adidas Leeds kit launch is being held up

Leeds United have confirmed a new kit deal with Adidas and excitement is reaching fever pitch among fans. 

Home and away kits have been leaked, which MOT Leeds News columnist Paul Robinson thinks are “fantastic”, but there’s been no official launch yet.

Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Graham Smyth detailed why that is on Thursday morning, saying, “There’s a front-of-kit sponsorship deal on the table that needs signing off before the new Adidas kit can be launched.”

Leeds Live journalist Beren Cross put a few more details on the front-of-shirt sponsor, saying it wouldn’t be 32Red.

He was asked, “Any news on new shirt sponsor?”

He replied saying, “Radrizzani and Kinnear have each spoken, in recent weeks, about the difficulties COVID-19 has raised on the commercial side of the business.

“The deal they were hoping to get would have been much higher had lockdown not happened. This is still being sorted, but it won’t be 32Red.”

This is the leaked image of the new away kit, which we’ve been told is pretty close to the real thing.

Expect it to look more green and blue when the official launch is made.

And it looks like Covid-19 is still causing financial problems for Leeds, with a sponsorship deal dropping in value.

Fans won’t be back at Elland Road before October 1 and that’s yet more ticket revenue that Leeds will lose.

The one bright side for Leeds is that they’re a buying club at the moment and player values will also have dropped in the current market.

Leeds won’t be looking to sell any key players and that means that they should be able to offset financial losses with savings on players.

Leeds reportedly have five top targets and one is Ben White. He’s a player who will still cost a considerable sum even if Brighton agree to sell him.

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