By Alan Hutton

18th Mar, 2020 | 4:00pm

Exclusive: 'Massive' Leeds headache over £18m agreed deal - Ex-defender claim

Alan Hutton insists that there are “massive headaches” for Leeds United and other clubs amid the suspension of the Football League due to Coronavirus.

The former Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insists that transfer and contract deals are up in the air due to the uncertainty over the respective leagues.

As revealed exclusively by Football Insider, the Whites have an obligation to purchase loanee Jean-Kevin Augustin for an additional £18million this summer, although it would still require the green light from the striker himself.

Hutton insists that there are a number of off-field issues facing the likes of Leeds as a result of the suspension, admitting that no one really knows what is going to happen.

Asked about what the postponement of fixtures could mean for the likes of the Augustin deal, Hutton told Football Insider: “Massive headaches.

“Whether it be players out of contract, players agreeing to sign for teams if they go up or whatever, there’s so many stipulations across the board.

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“Leeds, yep, they’re one but I think there’s a lot of pressure on the boys who are out of contract. If things finish as they are or heaven forbid they stop it for whatever, it’s difficult for a lot of people moving forward.

“That’s just one thing, where they’re obligated to buy him if they go up, if they don’t go up, the stipulations are endless. We really don’t know what’s going to happen. The problems are there throughout every club.” 

Augustin has played just three times for Leeds since signing from RB Leipzig on loan in January, having struggled for fitness under Marcelo Bielsa.

The Whites currently sit seven points off third at the top of the Championship, with nine games left to play.

In other Leeds United news, Bruce claims £4m ace has gone ‘downhill’ since quitting Elland Road.