Exclusive: Darren Bent raves as Leeds agree 8-figure new signing: 'Good business'
Darren Bent believes Leeds United have pulled off a good bit of business to sign Germany international Robin Koch for around £12million.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Tottenham and England striker believes the deal represents great value for money for a player with both Bundesliga and international experience under his belt.
The Whites confirmed the capture of the 24-year-old from German outfit Freiburg last week.
✍️ #LUFC are pleased to announce the signing of Robin Koch from Bundesliga side SC Freiburg
— Leeds United (@LUFC) August 29, 2020
As revealed by Football Insider, the two clubs agreed a fee in the region of £12million for his signing after he entered the final year of his contract with his old side.
Bent believes that missing out on Ben White is still a bitter blow for Leeds but suggests that Koch represents good value as a potential replacement.
Bent told Football Insider: “At around £12-13million, he’s a German international, you’d have to say that is a good signing because that’s not that much money.
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“Obviously Ben White would have been the one they wanted because he is top drawer and it wouldn’t surprise me if a few others were in for him because he’s been absolutely superb.
“Again, Leeds doing good business; a German international, a lot of games in the Bundesliga and for £13million, that’s a good price. It just comes down to how quickly he can adapt to playing in the Premier League.”
Koch has played 82 times in the Bundesliga, while he has two caps for Germany under his belt.
Liam Cooper is Leeds’ only other fit senior centre-back, with Gaetano Berardi ruled out with injury.
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