Leeds United pay 'Significant sum' to sign goalkeeper Darryl Omang
Leeds United have agreed to pay a “significant fee” to sign young goalkeeper Darryl Ombang from Bradford City, according to the Telegraph & Argus.
Ombang, 16, has already confirmed his arrival at Elland Road on Twitter as he showed an image of himself signing a contract and holding up a shirt at Elland Road.
The Telegraph & Argus now reports that the teenager will play for Leeds’ Under-18s next season after signing a two-year scholarship deal.
Interestingly, the newspaper reports Ombang’s move to Leeds could benefit Bradford in the long-term in a similar way that Oli McBurnie’s did.
As well as the fee for Ombang, Bradford and Leeds agreed “bonus payments and a sell-on clause” before the transfer was completed so they could make money from it in the future.
It is understood that the “transfer is likely to have been structured in a similar way to McBurnie’s move to Swansea in 2015 – a deal that would eventually net City over £2million”.
Good Ombang for your buck
Bradford deserve to be well compensated for Ombang if he comes good for us or for any other club in his career.
While many say that McBurnie isn’t a good player, the Sheffield United striker has had a huge rise since his days at Bradford so the Bantams do deserve good money for developing him.
Ombang comes to Leeds highly rated.
The Daily Mail has previously reported that Everton and Manchester United were interested in the teenager who is “considered among the most promising young goalkeepers coming through in England”.
If he reaches his potential then the England youth international will no doubt hit the Leeds first team or another senior side at a high level.
We do have a lot of goalkeepers though.
Illan Meslier is the number one and after Kiko Casilla left on loan to Elche, it’s been widely reported that were are making efforts to sign a replacement.
After them, Leeds also have Elia Caprile and Dani van den Heuvel.
Ombang has a lot of work ahead of him and we wish him all the best in his quest to make it as a pro.
In other Leeds United news, the Whites are on the verge of a major first-team signing.