Leeds United’s long term target Jerry Mbakogu has missed his club’s training session today as reports suggest that a move to Yorkshire is edging ever closer.

Italian media outlet TVQui (via HITC) have reported that Italian second division side Carpi have chosen to leave Mbakogu out of their training camp as they attempt to push through a deal that will see the Nigerian striker complete a move to Elland Road.

Leeds United’s interest in Jerry Mbakogu appeared to have vanished as they were linked with a number of proven Sky Bet Championship strikers.

The likes of Matej Vydra and Abel Hernandez were linked with a switch to Elland Road, but talks with both players have come to an end after a disagreement over wages.

This may have caused Leeds to turn their attentions back to Mbakogu, who they had struck an agreement with back in January.

This agreement allowed them to sign the 25-year-old striker at the end of the 2017/18 season if they wished to do so.

The deal was made when Thomas Christiansen was the manager, and since then Paul Heckingbottom has come and gone, and Marcelo Bielsa is now at the helm at Elland Road.

It’s unlikely that Leeds United fans will be happy if the club sign Mbakogu after having been linked with a number of higher profile players in recent weeks.

Some good news however for Leeds United fans is that the signing of Chelsea goalkeeper Jamal Blackman on a season long loan deal looks imminent.


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