By Wayne Veysey

22nd Mar, 2019 | 3:48pm

Huge agent windfall reported as Leeds centre-forward edges close to permanent transfer

Trabzonspor are set to pay the purchase option in Caleb Ekuban’s loan deal to make his transfer from Leeds United permanent this summer, according to Aksam.

The Turkish site claim the Super Lig club are keen to land the Ghana-born striker in a deal that will cost £860,000 after he became a mainstay of their XI this season.

Aksam report Ekuban’s agent is set to profit hugely from the transfer, with £650,000 heading his way if the deal is finalised.

Football Insider verdict:

The revelation that Ekuban’s agent could be set for a massive pay day surely increases the chances of this deal going through. The former Chievo striker has two years left on the Leeds deal he signed in the summer of 2017, but he is not of the quality the Championship club need, whichever division they are playing in next season. Ekuban has also made a decent impact in Turkey, scoring seven goals from 28 matches, including starting nine league games on the trot. He has been used in a right-sided forward role of late, but that wouldn’t help him get back into the first-team reckoning at Leeds, where the brilliant Pablo Hernandez dictates the play from that position, and teenage winger Jack Clarke is also destined for massive things. Ekuban is better off joining a club where he can expect to play regularly, and Leeds fans will no doubt wish him well. He is an enthusiastic character and his effort in a white jersey was never less than total.

In other Leeds United transfer news, it can be revealed a huge bid has just been tabled for an Elland Road first-team star.

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