When it comes to reporting Leeds United news, Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Phil Hay is like the Oracle from the Matrix. Leeds fans await his word before deciding on the verity of rumours, signings etc.
Which is why, when anything Leeds United is spouted on social media, fans usually turn to Hay before consolidating it in their mind’s eye as being right. Whether it’s player departures, or rumoured arrivals, fans do tend to take Hay’s words as gospel on the matter.
With that in mind, the following reply in a conversation on Twitter also needs to be taken in the same vein, such is the gravitas that Hay’s words carry.
was told at the time when he signed that Bournemouth hold a large sell-on clause with O'Kane. 50% (a makeweight for the fact he was free).
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) April 2, 2018
Eunan O’Kane, a 27-year-old Republic of Ireland international midfielder, joined Leeds United from Premier League side Bournemouth at the end of the summer 2016 transfer window – signing on Deadline Day. In his first season at Elland Road, the likeable Irishman featured in 24 games, providing three assists for the Whites.
This season he has featured in 29 games, again providing three assists for United. However, fans haven’t really been convinced by the consistency of his performances this season, fingers of blame beginning to be pointed.
News that Leeds United will be required to pay such a huge sell-on fee, and 50% is huge, may come as a shock to some Whites fans, and cause dismay for others. Even though it was a “makeweight” to broker a free transfer, Leeds United fans will begrudge having to pay half of any fee received should the go on to sell the midfielder.