By Craig Scott

14th Jan, 2020 | 4:28pm

Leeds would love to get 'finished' 26-year-old off the wage bill - reliable journalist

Leeds United would “love” to get Ouasim Bouy off their wage bill as he is effectively “finished” at the club, according to The Athletic journalist Phil Hay.

Bouy, 26, joined Leeds on a free transfer from Juventus in August 2017 and was instantly sent out on loan to Spanish side Cultural Leonesa.

As many fans will remember, the link between the Whites and Leonesa was absolutely pointless and Bouy had his loan spell there terminated early after making just four appearances.

Still, his four appearances for Leonesa is still more than anything he has managed for Leeds, with the Dutch midfielder yet to even make a matchday squad for the Yorkshire club.

Bouy is not doing anything at the moment. He is not on loan anywhere. He is not training with Leeds and he is certainly not in the picture for Marcelo Bielsa.

According to former Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Hay, Leeds want the 26-year-old gone but have found it difficult to terminate the long-term deal he penned in 2017.

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“From time to time he goes back to Holland but he’s been finished at Leeds for a long time and they would love to get him off the wage bill,” said Hay via a live Q&A session on The Athletic’s website.

“Unfortunately he’s got a four-year deal at Elland Road and Leeds haven’t been able to find a way to sever that.

“He’ll never play under Bielsa and in the summer he was training at completely different times to the first team. It’s been a pointless signing.”

Victor Orta was responsible for signing a lot of trash in his first few months as Leeds’ director of football and Bouy will have to go down as the most pointless of the lot.

He’d been loaned out six times by Juventus before he was allowed to leave there and never really pulled up any trees at his temporary clubs.

It is a good job that Bouy was a free transfer because imagine if Andrea Radrizzani had to actually spend money on a player who was signed two-and-a-half years ago for him to not play a single minute.

In other Leeds United news, Leeds need FA ratification before they can finalise this transfer deal that is close to completion.