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:

 

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.

In other Leeds United news, it can be revealed that Andrea Radrizzani is ready to end the careers of 13 senior players at the club in a jawdropping cull.

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