Leeds United fans were thrown a curveball on Thursday and it was a real pearler.
The Sun reported that Leeds were lining up a “shock” move for Hull’s Jarrod Bowen, structured in a way that will be very familiar to supporters.
It involved a massive £3m loan fee for the prolific winger, with a £12m promotion clause that could make the move permanent at the end of the season.
Bowen’s not a number nine and that’s what Leeds need. However, he is a goal-scorer. He’s got an amazing 16 goals in the Championship this season, just two less than top scorers Ollie Watkins and Aleksandar Mitrovic – while playing for a club that’s currently 11th and from out wide. That’s astonishing. Patrick Bamford has 10.
But is it genuine and could it happen?
Athletic journalist Phil Hay knows as much about Leeds than anyone outside the club.
He said that Leeds “like Bowen a lot” and that they had looked at him in the summer before signing Helder Costa.
However, there was some bad news for Leeds fans. He added, “Noises from out east are that Hull won’t entertain loan-with-obligation-to-buy offers though”.
Leeds couldn’t do the deal upfront without taking a huge gamble on Profit & Sustainability, and after Derby were charged yesterday with excessive losses, the risk of doing this is plain to see.
Would Leeds definitely go up with Bowen? Not 100% and would Leeds fans want to take such a big risk? There’s certainly no indication that Leeds have any appetite for such recklessness.
However, that’s not to say that Hull won’t come round to the idea. They have an option to extend his contract for another year but would probably have to sell in the summer if they didn’t get promoted.
Without Bowen they stand very little chance. They’re only three points off the play-off places and might think they have to keep him to save the season.
So, there’s every chance the Leeds offer could be genuine. There’s less chance than it would be successful, but stranger things have happened in football.
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