EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke
Leeds United will pay penalties to Manchester United if Cameron Borthwick-Jackson does not play regularly during his imminent loan, Football Insider sources understand.
The left-back, 20, is set to move from United to Leeds on a season-long loan from the Premier League giants after the details were finalised today (Thursday).
A source close to the situation has told Football Insider that the Championship club will pay the entirety of Borthwick-Jackson’s £12,000-a-week wages for the upcoming campaign.
But Leeds have agreed to a deal in which they will pay penalties if the young defender does not get regular game time.
This suggests that England Under-20 international Borthwick-Jackson has been signed to be installed as the first-choice left-back at Elland Road ahead of Gaetano Berardi, who ended the 2016-17 campaign in that role.
Leeds have been keen to increase their home-grown quota after most of their previous 11 signings this summer were from overseas.
United manager Jose Mourinho has given the green light for Borthwick-Jackson to spend the campaign at the Championship promotion hopefuls.
Leeds have been on the look-out for a new player on the left side of their defence after Charlie Taylor quit to join Burnley last month following the expiry of his contract.
The Elland Road faithful are not totally blown over by Borthwick’s imminent arrival, with some claiming him as fine piece of business, while others pointed out his wretched loan at Wolves last season.
Borthwick-Jackson broke into the United first team under the management of Louis van Gaal and made a big impression in the second half of 2015-16.
But the youngster has not played for the Premier League giants since Mourinho took the helm his loan to Wolves last season turned sour.
In other Leeds United news, the Yorkshire giants have ramped up their interest in signing one of the best left-backs in the Championship.