Exclusive: Whelan reacts to new twist in saga of Leeds 'Biggest Disaster of a signing ever'
Noel Whelan has labelled the signing of Jean-Kevin Augustin by Leeds United as the “biggest absolute disaster of a transfer signing that I can ever remember”.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds forward delivered his verdict as RB Leipzig threatened legal action after the club failed to pay them £17.7m after their promotion to the Premier League.
Augustin, 23, moved to Elland Road on a loan deal in January with an obligation to buy if Leeds were promoted, but the Yorkshire giants claim the delay caused by coronavirus makes the deal null and void.
Leipzig commercial director Florian Scholz was quoted in Sports Buzz saying “the legal situation is clear” and they were ready to take “further action”.
Asked by Football Insider whether the latest development means that Leeds United will end up paying out to the German club, Whelan said: “Yes, I think so.
“I think the two teams can bash something out, it might be a compensation package that Leeds need to pay to RB Leipzig.
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“I can’t see it going away without any kind of compensation, put it that way.
“It’s been the biggest absolute disaster of a transfer signing that I can ever remember.
“He played 48 minutes, came in overweight, not fit, not played for six months and it’s a poor decision (to sign him). He was never going to get up to speed.”
Augustin made just three substitute appearances for Marcelo Bielsa’s side as he struggled with injuries during his time in Yorkshire.
Despite recovering from a hamstring injury over lockdown, Leeds decided against renewing his loan to enable him to play after the restart.