Leeds United look set to ship striker Marcus Antonsson out on a permanent move after being deemed as an unnecessary part of the squad after his loan with Blackburn Rovers, according to a journalist.
The Yorkshire Evening Post’s Phil Hay claims on his personal Twitter account that the Whites are open to letting the 27-year-old leave Elland Road this summer, despite helping Rovers to a second-placed finish in League One.
was surplus last summer and suspect he will be this summer too. Was told in January that Blackburn had an option to keep him
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) May 9, 2018
It is said that the Ewood Park outfit, who handed Antonsson 33 appearances this season, may well be mulling over whether to activate a crucial clause in the forward’s contract which allows them to purchase him permanently, having scored seven goals during his loan spell.
Football Insider verdict
The Swedish striker has hardly set the league alight while at Blackburn and his record at Leeds does not read much better, with just three goals in 21 appearances. It should come as no surprise that the Whites were ken on sending him away last summer and having done nothing to change their mind, they will be hoping Rovers take up the option of buying him permanently and getting him off their books. If not, then they face a fight on trying to get another club to buy him, as well as trying to convince the player himself to move on. Leeds have really struggled with strikers this season and it looks as though there could well be a major overhaul of the centre forward options come the summer, although much of that will depend on the sorts of fees that they get for offloading the deadwood – Antonsson certainly being near the top of that list.
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