By Richard Parks
Leeds United are reportedly in advanced talks to sign Carpi striker Jerry Mbakogu – and fans of the Yorkshire giants have taken to Twitter to express their despair.
The Yorkshire Evening Post claim that United have reignited their pursuit of Mbakogu, 25, after initiating negotiations in January with a view to completing a transfer of around £4million in the summer.
It is said that Leeds want the signing of the centre-forward in the bag but have held off on finalising a deal while he secures an Italian passport and qualifies for a work permit.
The club are in the market for a centre-forward due to the poor returns this season of summer 2017 signings Pierre-Michel Lasogga, Caleb Ekuban and Jay-Roy Grot.
But a section of Leeds fans are far from convinced that Mbakogu is the answer, especially for such a major fee, with comments including “donkey” and “I’m calling the cops”.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
If Leeds sign Jerry Mbakogu for £4m I’m calling the cops I’m not having it #lufc
— Joe (@hxmer99) April 23, 2018
Looks like Leeds will sign another injuired Donkey Jerry Mbakogu who is valued at £4 million #lufc
— Paul Bourne (@17wex) April 23, 2018
AR why are u willing to pay £4million for Serie B Striker Jerry Mbakogu.
37 goals in 128 games.
That’s 1 goal every 3.4 Games in a piss poor league..
Not off to a good start in the window by the looks..#LUFC #MOT
— H Ramsden (@VikingRose1307) April 23, 2018
#lufc Being reported that we’re going to sign Mbakogu for £4m. Haven’t we learned anything this season? Hugill to West Ham doesn’t seem to have worked out, so how about him for £7m instead? We know who’d be the better buy don’t we? And by some margin. Get it done! #Ortaout
— Richardofyorks (@richardofyorks) April 23, 2018
I hope if it’s this Mbakogu he proves me wrong and turns out a good player. But at this moment I just think he’s gonna be a waste of space. His record is hardly outstanding, and it will take him til Xmas to settle into this league, which is obviously be too late.
— Diddlysquat (@markrikko) April 22, 2018
Why are we looking to sign Mbakogu, he looks very poor?
— Rich (@southeastlower) April 21, 2018
Mbakogu has scored eight goals in 23 appearances this season for the Serie B outfit but has not played since mid-March due to injury.
In total, the Nigerian has scored 37 goals in 128 Carpi matches as well as supplied 22 assists.
If Leeds were to pay a fee of £4million for him, he would be their most expensive signing since they forked out £11million to sign Robbie Fowler from Liverpool in November 2001.