Clubs agree six-figure fee for attacker Leeds are keeping tabs on - reports
By Harvey Byrne
Recently relegated side Middlesbrough and Sheffield United have agreed a £300,000 fee with Hartlepool for winger Nathan Thomas, according to Sky Sports.
The Northern Echo reported on Wednesday afternoon that the 22-year-old was attracting a number of clubs with Sheffield United readying a £300,000 bid themselves, while Leeds were keeping tabs.
However, Sky Sports are now claiming on their transfer centre blog (11.26am) that the right-winger now has to decide where his future lies after Hartlepool, who have just lost their place in League Two accepted two six-figure offers from the Blades and Boro.
Thomas has understandably been one of the shining lights for the Pools this season and managed to return nine goals and three assists in 33 outings for the club from County Durham.
However, it is believed that Hartlepool now need to raise funds with their cash flow set to take a hit after their relegation to the Conference means they will not be handed the£350k payment from the Premier League that all EFL clubs get.
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It is imagined that Leeds will be looking for a winger this season with each of Hadi Sacko, Alfonso Pedraza and Modou Barrow expected to return to their parent clubs this summer.
Football Insider verdict:
If Hartlepool are accepting bids of £300,000 for Thomas then Leeds should certainly attempt a move themselves. Now, due to Middlesbrough getting parachute payments this season it is unlikely that Garry Monk’s team will be able to offer the same kind of wages as Boro. However, Leeds are certainly a bigger club and if Thomas sees that the Whites are now making steps in the right direction he could be tempted to make a move across. £300,000 isn’t that much in this day in age either, especially when you consider that Leeds spent £3million to acquire Kemar Roofe from Oxford after he stood out in League Two. Therefore, Monk’s team should definitely put in a bid themselves if £300,000 is the going rate.
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